New bill could bring alcohol to East Tennessee campus venues for concerts
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A state lawmaker wants to allow alcohol sales at Neyland Stadium and Thompson-Boling Arena.
It's a topic that's long been discussed, especially when it comes to big events and concerts.
Republican Senator Becky Duncan Massey of Knoxville introduced the bill this week that would allow alcohol at special events and concerts--but not games.
That's because of the SEC's strict no-alcohol policy.
Massey said she believes this would help Knoxville compete with other big cities to bring big names to town.
"Bottom line is, it's kind of a fairness issue," Massey said. "We can't compete for those big venues like Kenny Chesney and big names because they depend a whole lot on the sales of concessions and obviously the alcohol is a part of that."
Massey said alcohol sales could help boost tourism and economic drive in the area.
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