Beginning in the fall of 2018, Oklahoma State athletics will introduce alcohol sales. The beer sales will be featured at up to 20 locations adjacent to existing concession stands throughout Boone Pickens Stadium, according to the athletic program. Sales will be monitored by Sodexo, Oklahoma State’s concessions partner.
The decision comes after a pilot program in the spring that allowed beer sales at baseball and softball games.
There is also some good news for beer snobs, because the sales will include craft selections.
The decision comes at a time when Oklahoma State is completely revamping its concessions within Boone Pickens Stadium.
Earlier this week OSU announced it was devoting more than $1.5 million to concessions enhancements, which includes additional points of sale and a food court located in the plaza level of the West endzone that will feature multiple local, regional and national restaurant partners.
Along with the beer sales, Oklahoma State is implementing a new re-entry policy for Boone Pickens Stadium. The university already had a no re-entry policy for all sporting events in Gallagher-Iba Arena. The decision to end re-entry is a safety measure.
“These changes will enhance game day safety,” said OSU Chief of Police Leon Jones. “Other schools that we have talked to have experienced a decrease in overall consumption and overuse of alcohol in and around their stadiums once they introduced sales in the venue, and we believe the same could happen at Boone Pickens Stadium.”
Oklahoma State fans will be able to start enjoying beer at the stadium when the Cowboys kickoff their 2018 campaign on Aug. 30 against Missouri State.