Gainesville, Fla. The Florida Athletic department will unveil a pilot program to sell alcohol in select concession areas of Gators Men's Basketball games beginning with the November 5th season opener vs. North Florida.

Florida will incorporate conference-wide alcohol management expectations, which include:

Alcoholic beverages will be sold and dispensed only at designated stationary locations;
Alcoholic beverages will not be sold by vendors within the seating areas;
Identification check will be required at every point of sale to prevent sales to minors;
Alcoholic beverage sales are limited to beer and wine only
Fans, with valid legal IDs, will be permitted to only buy a maximum of two drinks at a time
Alcohol must be dispensed into cups;
Safe server training and additional training for staff to handle high risk situations is required; and
Sales and distribution of alcohol will stop at the start of the second half.

Centerplate, which operates concessions in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on behalf of the UAA will continue train staff in accordance with their Responsible Alcohol Service Policies and State Laws. The O'Connell Center staff will also have staff training with the TEAM Coalition (Techniques in Effective Alcohol Management).

The Southeastern Conference announced a revision to its existing limitations on the availability of alcoholic beverages at athletics events at the Conference's Spring Meetings in Destin. Under this revised policy, each institution in the Conference now has the autonomy to determine the permissibility of selling alcoholic beverages in its athletics venues, subject to certain Conference-wide alcohol management expectations.

The revised SEC policy on alcohol availability, requires any SEC institution choosing to permit alcohol sales at athletics events to establish policies governing the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages consistent with requirements established and agreed to by the Conference membership. In the past, SEC athletics programs have been prohibited from selling alcohol in public areas of SEC athletics venues.

FAQ FOR ALCOHOL SALES AT FLORIDA MEN'S BASKETBALL GAME

Q. WHY HAVE WE DECIDED TO SELL BEER AND WINE AT MEN'S BASKETBALL GAMES

A. The Southeastern Conference announced a revision to its existing limitations on the availability of alcoholic beverages at athletics events at the Conference's Spring Meetings in Destin (Last May). Under this revised policy, each institution in the Conference now has the autonomy to determine whether or not to sell alcoholic beverages in its athletics venues, subject to certain Conference-wide alcohol management expectations.

The Florida Athletic Department will unveil a pilot program at men's basketball to sell alcohol in concession areas of home games to enhance the fan experience beginning with the North Florida basketball game on Nov. 5th with sales continuing throughout the remainder of the season.

Q. WHAT ARE THE CONFERENCE-WIDE ALCOHOL MANAGEMENT EXPECTATIONS THAT THE UAA WILL INCORPORATE?

A.
Alcoholic beverages will be sold and dispensed only at designated stationary locations;
Alcoholic beverages will not be sold by vendors within the seating areas;
Identification check will be required at every point of sale to prevent sales to minors;
Alcoholic beverage sales are limited to beer and wine only;
Fans, with valid legal IDs, will be permitted to only buy a maximum of two drinks at a time
Alcohol must be dispensed into cups;
Safe server training and additional training for staff to handle high risk situations is required; and
Sales and distribution of alcohol will stop at the start of the second half.

Q. WHAT TYPE OF TRAINING WILL THE SERVER TRAINING STAFF UNDERGO?

A. Centerplate, which operates all concessions in the stadium on behalf of the UAA will continue to train staff in accordance with their Responsible Alcohol Service Policies and State Laws. The O'Connell Center staff will also have staff training with the TEAM Coalition (Techniques in Effective Alcohol Management).

Q. WHICH CONCESSION STANDS WILL SERVE ALCOHOL AT THE O'CONNELL CENTER

A. Concession stands 210 (Between Section 01 and 03) , 225 (Section 11), 227 (Section 13), 235 (Section 19) and 240 (Gate 4 Lobby) will be the only locations serving alcoholic beverages with the exception of the premium areas. Stands 215 (Gate 1 Lobby) and 222 (Section 07) will remain fully family-friendly and remain alcohol free. (see map).

Q. WILL ALCOHOL BE PERMITTED INSIDE THE FLORIDA STUDENT SECTION?

A. If students are of legal age and have identification and follow the guidelines outlined above, yes.

Q. ARE THERE ALTERNATIVE POST-GAME TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS FOR FANS WHO CONSUME ALCOHOL AT THE GAME?

A. Uber and Lyft are available to all patrons.

Q. WHAT KIND OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES WILL BE SOLD?

A. A 12-ounce beer, Eight-ounce wine and 12-ounce High Noon seltzer. Liquor will not be served.

Q. WHAT OTHER ATHLETIC EVENTS WILL SERVE ALCOHOL IN THE 2019-20 CALENDAR YEAR.

A. The UAA reminds fans that this a pilot program and will continue to evaluate plans to serve alcohol at additional events.

Q. WILL THE ORIGINAL CANS BE RECYLED?

A. Yes.

Q. WILL ALCOHOL BE SERVED AT NON-ATHLETIC EVENTS IN THE STEPHEN C. O'CONNELL CENTER?

A. This current change in policy is only for men's basketball games in the O'Connell Center.