2023 : Public Universities Can Now Sell Alcohol at College Football, Basketball, and Hockey Games

July 18, 2023 all-day

Athletic departments at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan now can catch up to their Big Ten colleagues, after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a bill Tuesday evening allowing public universities in Michigan to sell alcohol at college football, basketball and hockey games.

Senate Bill 247, introduced by state Sen. Sean McCann, D-Kalamazoo, allows for the licensing of all Michigan public universities to sell alcohol at football, basketball and hockey games, with sales being permitted an hour before kickoff, tip off and puck drop, and ending with the game.

Schools would be allowed to apply for licenses for 100 total days during a calendar year.

Source: Arpan Lobo and Clara Hendrickson, “Whitmer signs bill allowing alcohol sales at college football, basketball games in Michigan”, Detroit Free Press, July 19, 2023.