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September 25, 2023

SVSU Board approves seeking liquor license for athletic venues

Harvey Randall Wickes Memorial Stadium

The Saginaw Valley State University Board of Control approved granting the university the ability to seek a license to sell alcohol at SVSU athletic venues, during a special meeting of the Board on Monday, September 25.

For the 2023-24 academic year, SVSU plans to move forward with alcohol sales at select home sporting events on a trial basis. Precise dates and venues are still being determined.

“Many fans who attend our athletic contests also attend games at Dow Diamond, the Dow Event Center, and other facilities in our region and our state where alcohol sales are permitted,” said George Grant Jr., SVSU president. “People have many choices for where to spend their time and their money, and we recognize that some individuals purchase alcohol as part of their game-day experience.

“Aramark, our Dining Services partner, has extensive experience with alcohol sales at other sporting venues across the country, and we are working in collaboration with them to follow best practices, as well as all applicable laws. We will proceed thoughtfully to introduce alcohol sales on a limited basis during the current academic year.”

The Board action follows approval of Michigan legislation in July that permits public universities to apply for liquor licenses at athletic facilities.