UALR Appealing Decision to Deny Alcohol Permit to New Basketball Arena

OCTOBER 20, 2005 - Posted at 7:54 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is asking the state Alcohol Beverage Control board to approve a liquor permit for its new basketball arena after the agency's executive director said alcohol sales shouldn't occur on campus.

Liquor has been available at UALR basketball games for the last two decades as the Trojans played at off-campus venues.  The Trojans move into the on-campus Stephens Center arena this season.  ABC director Robert Moore denied UALR's request for a liquor permit, saying that, with vocal opposition present, it was best to let the full five-member commission decide the matter.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Arkansas Faith and Ethics Council, the Arkansas Baptist State Convention and others have opposed the permit.  UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson, the school's staff senate and the Arkansas Brewers Association wrote letters backing the plan.

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