The first half of the Auburn baseball season just got more exciting.
According to a report from Tom Green of AL.com, the Auburn city council has approved a proposal that will allow for alcohol to be sold at Auburn baseball games in February and March of this season.
Under the permit within the proposal, fans with premium tickets at Plainsman Park will be able to buy alcohol at a designated area of the stadium, in a section along the right-field line.
Vendors will serve beer in cups, and fans will be required to drink them only in the designated section.
The permit was unanimously approved but in its current form only covers a 30-day period, which is why only February and March games will feature alcohol sales, for now. Auburn city manager James Buston said that the vendor, B and B Bartending, only requested February and March games, likely as a test.
SEC rules prohibit the sale of alcohol at sporting events, with the only exception being in premium seating locations.
“It’s important for everybody to know that we’re not going to have people going up and down the aisles at Plainsman Park and yelling for ice cold beer,” city council representative Ron Anders Jr. said. “This will be a very controlled environment down the right-field line that you have to enter if you want something to drink. You have to drink it in this controlled area; you cannot carry it out into the stadium. They’ll certainly be checking for IDs, and it’s only for a small section of the ticket holders that will be at the baseball game.”
It’s probably a safe assumption that if enough people buy the alcohol during February and March — and behave themselves — that the city council, vendor, and Auburn athletic department will look to expand sales through the rest of the season.
The Tigers are 4-0 on the young season and take on Troy tonight at 5 p.m. ET from Plainsman Park before beginning a home series against Bryant on Friday.
There has been no word yet on which game Auburn will begin selling alcohol.