UALR Continues Attempts to Sell Beer at New On-Campus Arena

NOVEMBER 21, 2005 - Posted at 3:56 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The University of Arkansas at Little Rock's athletic foundation is asking state authorities for a permit to serve beer at its new on-campus basketball arena.

The Trojans have played their home games at other venues in the area, Little Rock's Barton Coliseum and North Little Rock's Alltel Arena, both of which sold beer during the university's games.

The UALR Athletic Foundation is to ask the stae Alcoholic Beverage Control Board on Tuesday to approve a permit for beer to be sold at the new Stephens Center.  Opponents of the measure say other universities in the state may pursue similar permits.  And they say serving beer at the basketball games could lead to accidents and alcohol abuse.

Backers say fans are accustomed to being able to order beer at the games and they say the university could use the revenue.

The University of Arkansas would not likely pursue a similar permit.  UA is a member of the Southeastern Conference, which prohibits alcohol sales at its athletic events.  Arkansas State University, like UALR, is a member of the Sun Belt Conference, which does not have such a rule in place.  But, the ASU Convocation Center, home of the ASU basketball teams, is located in Craighead County, which is dry.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)