KELLER -- Concessions at Blue Sky Sports Center could include cold beer this summer.
The City Council voted 5-2 Tuesday night to allow the indoor concession stand to sell alcohol during adult games only.
Councilmen John Hoffmann, sworn in by Mayor Pat McGrail at the beginning of the meeting, and Ray Brown voted no.
Sales likely will not occur for about six months, pending the application process with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
Brown's concerns included the precedent for the city's other sports complexes, such as baseball fields and football stadiums.
"At this point, it's not just about selling alcohol," Brown said. "It's a little more involved than that. I would like to see us postpone this for a short time."
He wanted to delay the vote until the next council meeting to let more residents voice concerns, he said.
Only one person spoke in opposition to beer sales. Lori Black said she plays on coed and women's teams at the complex and has three children who use it too.
"I have always been told this is a family facility," Black said. "Eighty percent of the women bring their children. Who is going to take those children home?"
Black said she is also concerned that alcohol drinkers would get "out of control." "I don't want to play against someone who has been drinking," she said. "It's bad enough for referees to try and control the crowd now."
Owner Peter Brody said the center's demographics have changed through the years, with more than 100 adult teams registered during the first winter session, compared with 41 youth teams.
"The business model has changed dramatically for us," Brody said. "We tried other beverages, such as Starbucks and smoothies, but customers want an adult beverage after the game."
Brody said his location in The Colony began selling beer in September.
"We've found beer is a nice complement to the facility," he said, noting that about 20 bottles are sold per night. "Groups like to stay after the game, drink a beer and leave."
Brody said that he does not intend to have a full bar or a barlike setting and that he would sell only beer. "We think we are able to manage it and do it the right way," he said.
Susan McFarland, 817-431-2231