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Husker fans will be able to sit back, grab a beer and watch Husker men’s and women’s basketball

KEARNEY, Nebraska — Husker fans will be able to sit back with a beer and watch men’s and women’s basketball for the first time probably ever.

Friday, the University of Nebraska Board of Regents approved a two-year pilot experiment allowing alcohol to be served in Lincoln’s Pinnacle Bank Arena.

“Allowing appropriate access in a supervised atmosphere is one of the safest things we can do for our students and communities,” said UNO student regent Tori Sims.

For the first time in — at least —decades, NU President Ted Carter and numerous Regents have allowed alcohol to be served during regular-season Husker home basketball games. According to NU, alcohol has never been sold at Nebraska basketball home games.

The fact that beer has been sold at UNO Maverick hockey games for years gave them confidence.

Joanne Li, chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Omaha, said, “At this time, we have not observed any activity that gives cause for alarm.”

Last April, Northwestern changed a decades-long regulation and permitted the sale of alcohol at the Big Ten Wrestling Championships.

NU is not anticipated to generate a big profit. Carter estimates that the City of Lincoln will get approximately $900,000 in total revenue.

Thus, we are not profiting from this, stated Carter.

Instead, Carter stated that it is about enriching the fan experience, and there are a significant number of fans who attend these games.

Last year, more than 290,000 fans attended men’s basketball games at Nebraska, ranking the program tenth in the nation.

In 2021-2022, NU women’s basketball is ranked eighteenth in the nation, with over 76,000 attending to PBA.

Regents stated that fans must continue to be responsible and act like adults. David Fulton, an alumnus from western Nebraska who attended the Garth Brooks concert at Memorial Stadium last year, stated that this did not occur.

“It was not an attractive scene. “I was really happy that we did not bring any of our grandchildren,” Fulton remarked.

Still, the vote was unanimous.

“I believe it would be prudent to experiment to see what we can do there. “This has absolutely nothing to do with what’s going on with Memorial Stadium; that’s an entirely separate matter involving an entirely different set of circumstances,” Schafer stated.

Fans of the Nebraska Cornhuskers will have to wait until they can celebrate a touchdown or drown their sorrows.

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