COLUMBIA, S.C. — Tuesday USC decided against the sell of alcohol for the upcoming football season even with the SEC allowing schools the option to do so. Check out the statement in my tweet below.
During his interview on 107.5 The Game USC athletics director Ray Tanner said that he and the athletics department mainly sighted that Carolina doesn't have the infrastructure to support the sale of alcohol right now.
New renovations to the stadium start at the end of the 2019 season and that will have more club areas with premium seating where alcohol will be sold.
Tanner says that USC is continuing to research how they can sell alcohol logistically and what the pros and cons are once everything is considered and researched.
But that leaves the door open for 2020 and beyond. What about other sports and Colonial Life Arena?
There are avid fan bases for the USC women's basketball team who have led the nation in attendance for the past few years. Plus add the men's basketball team and the USC baseball team who have their loyal fans and the crowd swell for big name matchups.
Colonial Life Arena has done the sell of alcohol for concerts and events before and have the advantage of knowing how to serve and are equipped with that experience.
USC says the sell of alcohol at basketball and baseball games for this upcoming season will be determined at a later date.
In a year or two we'll definitely see how Carolina chooses to go forward once renovations are in place at the stadium and what the plan will be-if any, at the CLA.
It's a good thing that USC is considering everything before jumping at the gun for the potential for more money. Once a final decision is made it may turn out to be the best situation for fans and the university.