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Construction continues on the new bowled in section of the south end zone and scoreboard at the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Alcohol sales could become a permanent fixture at Oklahoma’s home football games beginning in fall 2019.

OU President James Gallogly will recommend that the OU Board of Regents authorize the continued sale and advertising of alcoholic beverages at athletic events and facilities during a Friday meeting, according to an agenda released Tuesday.

Oklahoma State and Tulsa recently added alcohol sales during home football games. Tulsa began in 2016, while OSU began in 2018.

Oklahoma had a pilot program in place over the past seven months that included alcohol sales at basketball games, baseball games, softball games and the Sooners’ spring football game.

During an Oct. 24, 2018. regents meeting, the board authorized the pilot program. At the time, the regents also asked for a report by Gallogly this month.

After the authorization in October, OU director of athletics Joe Castiglione said the move was made to enhance the fan experience.

“What we’re trying to do is realize the changing interests of the fan base. It evolves. It’s constantly evolving. For us, it’s trying to recognize, as much as we can, there’s a broad interest,” Castiglione said after the October meeting. “We’re not trying to build a model for one specific kind of fan. We want to be able to appeal to a wide variety of fans who want a variation of an experience.”

Castiglione submitted a May agenda item to regents that included that “no specific incidents have been reported related to the sale of alcohol as part of the pilot program. Occurrences of contacts by staff related to alcohol have not increased during this pilot period.”

Gallogly also will recommend resolutions honoring the men’s and women’s gymnastics teams, the softball team and the football team.


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