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ACC to allow beer sales at football championship, basketball tournament

CHARLOTTE, NC (WNCN) -

The ACC will allow beer and wine sales at its football championship in Charlotte Dec. 5 and plans to allow beer sales at the ACC Basketball Tournament in 2016 as well.

The league’s plans are a dramatic change for the ACC, where alcohol sales have not been allowed at ACC championships except for those with access to “premium” areas.

The ACC said in a news release Friday that the sale of beer and wine to those of legal age will be allowed at the football championship in Charlotte for all ticketed fans.

Amy Yakola, senior associate commissioner, told WNCN in an email that the league plans allow beer and wine for fans at the ACC Basketball Tournament as well.

“We plan to treat both basketball and baseball in a similar fashion.”

The ACC Basketball Tournament is in Washington in 2016 after a long run in Greensboro.

The ACC baseball tournament is at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park May 24-29.

In a news release, the ACC said, “As schools across the country have introduced sales to their athletic events, there has been no indication of an increase in alcohol-related incidents, and some have reported a decrease.

The alcohol policy enforced by the Carolina Panthers at NFL games will be in effect for the 2015 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game.”

The Triangle’s ACC schools – N.C. State, North Carolina and Duke – do not sell alcohol at the main concession stands for football or basketball.

Louisville and Syracuse already sell beer at football games.

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