A Minnesota Senate committee says okay to liquor in the suites and the premium seats, but not for the hoi polloi. Cicero of Edina says, we made an investment in the facility, and blocking off certain revenue streams hurts our taxpayer investment. Great point; the medical school could probably use the money, or maybe the College of Education, or who knows? Watch for yourself:
In truth, the liquor revenue will be used for athletic scholarships. Makes you think of the circle of life, doesn’t it?
And don’t miss Senator Claire Robling (R-Jordan) asking if liquor would be available in the cheap seats if the Vikings played there “for a couple of years.” She’s already got the Viking stadium approved!
Sadly, it doesn’t appear that those thirsty Viking fans can be satisfied.
Thanks to the Uptake for the video.
Update: And the working man and Iron Ranger renews his opposition to the elitism:
Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia, a vocal supporter of making alcohol available to all adult ticket holders, said his feelings have not changed. "The majority of the football stadium was paid for by the taxpayers of the state -- everybody, all of us," he said. "I don't know who the Lindahls [apparently Gopher boosters who are big supporters of the “booze for me but not for the” plan] are, but the Lindahls never put in as much money as the taxpayers of this state."
"I think it's rather elitist," said Rukavina, who chairs the House Higher Education and Workforce Development Finance and Policy Division panel. Rukavina, a gubernatorial candidate, appeared to again be joined Tuesday by Pawlenty. Spokesman Brian McClung said that the governor's position has been that "if there's beer for one, there should be beer for all."
And rather remarkably, that’s where the governor seems to be, too.