Bill could allow sale of alcohol at college venues like the Mini-Dome

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Would you like to enjoy some beer while taking in music inside the Mini-Dome? 

That’s the question being asked at the legislative level in Nashville, as a bill awaits approval from Governor Bill Lee to allow the sale of alcohol at college sports venues, like the Mini-Dome on the East Tennessee State University campus. 

If approved, ETSU officials say it wouldn’t be so simple to implement the rule, adding that approval would have to be granted from the ETSU Board of Trustees. 

ETSU spokesperson Joe Smith provided the following email to News Channel 11 discussing the bill.

“This bill would allow universities in Tennessee, including ETSU, to have the option of serving alcohol at its athletic facilities on campus.  If in the future ETSU were to pursue this avenue, additional levels of approval would be required, including that of the university’s Board of Trustees.”

The bill’s sponsors say the goal is to attract more big-time events to the state at different venues, including the likes of Thompson Boling Arena in Knoxville. 

READ: Tennessee bill would allow alcohol sales at campus venues, but not during games

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