Game Day Brews

Carter-Finley Stadium
Carter-Finley Stadium

It’s the end of the first half of a rowdy NC State home football game and fans are thirsty…and not just for a win. In previous years, game-goers would venture out of the stadium to the tailgate lot for a quick brew or two before heading back in for the rest of the game (or in some cases, they’d leave the game altogether to hit up a local bar or restaurant). But, starting this season, thanks to a new bill Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law this summer, fans no longer have to leave Carter-Finley to get booze. Instead, they can find new beer and wine concession stands for a refill right there in the stadium. House Bill 389 legalizes sales of beer and wine at UNC system university stadiums and arenas. According to Fred Demarest, the senior associate athletics director and communications and brand management specialist at NC State, beer sales at Carter-Finley began with the season opener against East Carolina University on Saturday, August 31. Beers, including Old Tuffy tall boys and Trulys, will be sold at temporary stations located in the four corners of the stadium, separate from existing food and beverage concessions, with roughly 40 points of sale spread over the concourse. NC State Athletics hopes alcohol sales in the stadium will help stop fans from leaving during halftime. We imagine cold brews will keep fans rooting for the Pack.

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