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Appalachian to Enforce Alcohol Laws at Athletic Events More Strictly

BOONE–Appalachian State University today announced stricter enforcement of North Carolina state laws and university policies governing the consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages at home football games. This action follows concerns expressed by students, parents, alumni and other visitors regarding consumption of alcohol at Kidd Brewer Stadium during Appalachian’s most recent home game.

State law prohibits possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages at such university athletic events. According to university officials, law enforcement officers will cite and remove violators from inside the stadium and issue citations to violators outside the stadium beginning with the Sept. 29 Appalachian home football game against East Tennessee State University.

In addition, the university will implement tighter security checks at stadium gates, restrict parking inside the stadium and impose a no-fly zone over the stadium in response to increased national security concerns.

Chancellor Francis T. Borkowski said the university has received letters and calls from a number of individuals concerned about apparent violations of alcohol laws and university policies during Appalachian’s Sept. 1 home football game.

“We hope and expect to increase fan safety and everyone’s enjoyment of Appalachian athletic events by more strictly enforcing such laws,” Borkowski said.