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How Much Is Beer Worth?
CNBC.com | June 15, 2009 | 04:53 PM EDT

If you haven’t heard, there’s a lot brewing over brew in Minnesota.

You see, the University of Minnesota is moving into its spanking new TCF Bank Stadium this season and part of the expectation was that there was going to be alcohol served in the premium seating and suite areas.

But the state legislature recently passed a law that made the University decide whether or not it would serve beer to the entire crowd or to none at all and the school’s president Robert Bruininks has recommended that the stadium debut with a no suds policy.

The issue will next be discussed at the Board of Regents meeting nine days from now. In the meantime, Gophers fans are lighting up Internet message boards.

If people bought suites that cost $45,000 a year on the alcohol assumption, what discount should the university offer for the inconvenience of only serving sodas and virgin strawberry daiquiris?

While in-stadium alcohol service isn’t a given at college stadiums – especially the ones that are located on campus – it can be argued that drinking is more a part of the Golden Gophers game experience as compared to other games. After all, for nearly three decades, fans have been able to get all the brew they wanted while watching the team play at the Metrodome.

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