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City Council approves UA liquor license

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UPDATE: Tucson City Council approves license to sell beer and wine at McKale Center.

TUCSON - Basketball and beer could soon become a reality for Wildcat fans at the McKale Center.

UA Athletics Director Dave Heeke announced on Wildcat Country radio, 580 AM in Phoenix, on Wednesday, the university is working on applying for a liquor license.

Heeke noted it’s about “enhancing the fan experience” and less about generating revenue.

UA has six liquor licenses currently with one applicable to people sitting in private sections of Arizona Stadium.

Heeke said a third-party company would serve the liquor under state regulations.

Students expressed varying opinions on the issue.

"I don't know if we're necessarily the most responsible ones to be serving alcohol to but whatever,” said UA student Matthew Nash.

"If they're of age, I don't see the problem with it,” said Haley Webb.

One of the concerns expressed has to do with guests getting out of control.

"A few years ago they had the thing downtown where they were flipping cars. I think a lady got hurt. So if that happened down in the McKale Center in a closed system with a bunch of liquor, I don't know if that'd be the best idea,” said Gabriel Rogers.

But others believe it doesn’t matter whether alcohol is served or not during basketball games.

"It's very competitive, the basketball games so I think people could get pretty rowdy but that is going to happen anyway,” Webb said.

Heeke said the UA will post public notices of the liquor application at McKale Center.

If approved, it’s unknown of when beer and wine would start to be sold at events.  

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