New policy bans BYOB in the outfield section at Eck Stadium

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Faithful Wichita State University fan Nick Jerschow cooks hot dogs in the outfield. But this season he won’t be able to bring his own beer to wash it down.

Fans will now have to purchase beer thanks to a new policy.

Jerschow thinks it will threaten attendance.

“Right now two of my friends who are retired they have no intentions of renewing their season tickets,” said Nick Jerschow.

Some fans agree with Nick.

“I’m afraid that not having the coolers on the hill is really going to affect the attendance and these boys deserve the support,” said Sherl Weatherbee

Others feel it’s not a problem.

“If I was a drinker then it probably wouldn’t affect me anyhow. If you love baseball you love baseball regardless,” said John O’Brien.

WSU Director of Athletics Darron Boatright released this statement:

“We are no longer allowing fans to bring their own beer on the hill at Eck Stadium. We have only allowed 3.2 cereal malt beverage for the last nine years. That beer will no longer be available in Kansas after April 1, so as we introduce wine/liquor and now full-strength beer we have an opportunity to monitor and stop all sales at the same time for all fans, which is the end of the seventh inning and is the industry standard. This will support and protect the license of our concessionaire as well.”

“We’re being restricted on what we can do where we should be more fan friendly,” said Jerschow.

Under the new policy fans are still allowed to bring food and non-alcoholic drinks to the outfield. 

 For a full list of the game day changes at Eck Stadium click here.

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