Beer flows into Perkins Stadium

Jack Miller, Assistant Sports Editor

Beer will be available for purchase inside Perkins Stadium concession stands beginning with the UW-Whitewater Warhawk football home opener Oct. 7. Sales are anticipated to continue for the rest of the season.

Fans will no longer be allowed to tailgate during games, but can still tailgate before and afterwards. Also, once fans leave a game, re-entry will not be allowed, said Assistant Chief of UW-Whitewater Police Services Matthew Schwartz.

“We will likely reallocate some of our staff or resources, but overall, it [beer sales] will have little impact on staffing,” Schwartz said.

Conversations about beer sales were ongoing, according to grounds crew leader Mike Miller. There should not be any issues of cleaning up more trash around the stadium after games, he said.

“We will have appropriate trash receptacles for the disposal of the containers, but it will not involve having more staff cleaning up afterwards,” Miller said.

Conversations on the possible addition of beer sales at Perkins Stadium circulated at UW-Whitewater for several seasons. Meetings were held over the last few years regarding potential alcohol sales at the stadium, said Schwartz.

The UW-Whitewater police do not expect the incorporation of beer sales and the changes to tailgating to increase rowdiness in fans, but do expect that the new adjustments will require a learning curve.