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Texas will sell beer, wine at 2015 home football games

Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong will play his home games this season in front of fans allowed to purchase beer and wine in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong will play his home games this season in front of fans allowed to purchase beer and wine in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) AP

For the first time in school history, Texas will allow beer and wine sales at the Longhorns’ home football games this season.

The suds and spirits will begin flowing in all public and private areas at the team’s home opener, Sept. 12 against Rice. School officials announced the decision today, extending a pilot program that began in 2014 with other sporting events at campus venues in Austin.

Texas becomes the fourth school within the UT system to serve adult beverages at its sporting events, joining UTA, UTEP and UTSA. Other in-state schools offering alcoholic beverages at their home games include SMU, North Texas and Houston.

In a statement, Texas men’s athletics director Steve Patterson said: “Fan safety and enjoyment remains our No. 1 priority as we work through the process of expanding beer and wine sales … We will continue to monitor the service closely.”

Jimmy Burch, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @Jimmy_Burch

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