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One of the most obnoxiously drunken events in SEC football is about to get a little more wild.
AL.com reports that SEC officials plan to potentially lift the ban on alcohol sales at neutral site matchups. Alcohol sales are currently prohibited at all SEC games–aside from in private lounges–which is probably a significant reason why we tailgate our balls off week after week.
While this shakeup will also factor into the annual Arkansas-A&M matchup in Arlington, Texas, I think it’s safe to assume what rivalry this change in policy will affect the most.
The annual Florida-Georgia game in Jacksonville, Fla., is already one of the biggest shit shows in modern human history. With the keg taps flowing during the actual game, the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party is bound to get even bigger.
As a Florida alumnus and former Jacksonville resident (Go Jags) I’ve seen my fair share of Florida-Georgia games. Personally, I believe this is the best idea the SEC has had since they decided the run a train on every other conference for seven straight years of championship glory.
In its current state, Florida-Georgia is a sprinting marathon of liver abuse, which technically ends the moment the opening kickoff is cast forth. In reality, it’s a day long shit show where you push the envelope of how much hard liquor you can sneak into the stadium without drawing attention to the fact you just spilled 8 ounces of vodka all over your genital region.
By allowing booze to flow freely beyond the stadium gates, SEC officials are not only making it easier for us to sustain our buzz, but they are also taking a proactive step to prevent people from getting too shithoused before the players actually take the field.
Not only will this policy improve the trash talking capacities of fans for both teams, but it will also present a pretty hefty stimulus package for Jacksonville’s economy. When your city’s biggest draw is the Jaguars–who just traded away their former first round QB for a ham sandwich and a wet noodle handshake–you need all the help you can get.
The policy won’t officially change until SEC commissioners discuss the rule in more detail this spring, but I’m optimistic. When West Virginia recently instituted the pro-booze stance during games, it resulted in a 35 percent drop in alcohol-related incidents on game day. By removing the hectic pregame ritual of downing anywhere from three to 14 shots before making your trek to the stadium, you’re significantly less likely to pass out face first into a porta-potty. Sounds like everybody wins to me.