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The SEC Has Lifted Its Ban On Alcohol During Sporting Events

Confetti falls after the Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 35-28 in the 2018 SEC Championship Game

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 01: Confetti falls after the Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 35-28 in the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Ahead of this coming football season, the SEC has made a significant change to its policies on the sale of alcoholic beverages at sporting events. The league officially voted Friday to lift its ban.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey issued a statement on the decision, stating that beer and wine will be available for sale within "controlled spaces" and premium seating areas.

To be clear, this does not mean that every SEC school will start selling beer and wine at sporting events. It'll be up to each school to choose what it wants to do. They now just have the option:

"Our policy governing alcohol sales has been a source of considerable discussion and respectful debate among our member universities in recent years. As a Conference, we have been observant of trends in the sale and consumption of alcohol at collegiate sporting events and have drawn upon the experiences and insights of our member schools which have responsibly established limited alcohol sales within controlled spaces and premium seating areas."

It's expected that at least a few institutions will begin to make beer and wine available in box seats and other premium clubs.

In all likelihood, this eventually leads to beer and wine being available to the general public. But it could be some time before the schools feel comfortable making that leap.