As the Vols prepare to take on Brigham Young University this Saturday, beer will be sold for the first time to fans 21 years and older with a valid photo ID. Saturday’s forecast also calls for a high temperature of 90 degrees so drinking plenty of water is critical to prevent dehydration.
Keep these points in mind to stay safe and be responsible as you cheer on the Vols:
- Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water throughout the day. Drink enough water to prevent thirst. Your body also loses water while you sleep so drink a serving before bed and again when you wake up. Did you know that you can bring a clear, empty plastic water bottle into the stadium? Complimentary water will be available from large “Water Monster” tanks located in the concourse near student sections.
- Beer will be sold in 24-ounce servings, which is double the standard drink of a 12 oz beer. Choosing to drink is a big responsibility. Two alcoholic beverages can be purchased at a time by those 21 an older. That’s over four standard drinks. Make good choices and remember to stay hydrated and eat food.
- It’s against the law to buy beer and give it to your friends that are under 21. Anyone seen drinking beer could be asked by stadium personnel to prove their age with a photo ID. Law enforcement and game day staff will look for binge drinking, underage drinking, and other alcohol-related incidents in all areas of the stadium. Plain-clothes officers will also be stationed throughout the stadium and student section.
- Ridesharing and designated drivers. The best way to make sure that you’ll get home safely is to have someone who is sober drive you home. A designated ride-share area will also be set up on Circle Drive near Ayres Hall. Game attendees who visit the fan information booth at Gate 21 and register as designated drivers, pledging to refrain from alcohol consumption, will receive a wristband and a voucher for a free water or soft drink. Designated drivers can register through halftime and will be asked to provide their name, driver’s license number, email, section, row, and seat number.
- Vols Help Vols! As Volunteers, we look out for one another. If you see someone exhibiting one of the four signs of alcohol overdose (cold skin, unresponsive, vomiting and/or slow breathing), be an ACTive Bystander by acknowledging the situation, considering options, and taking action. Text VOLS to 69050 with your seat number to alert staff to your concerns.
Vince Carilli, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor, Division of Student Life