Alcohol ban proposed at ND college sports events

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A proposal in the North Dakota House would ban drinking and alcohol possession at college sporting events if someone is there who is younger than 18.

Hampden Rep. Chuck Damschen's bill would apply to college facilities and adjacent private property. It would affect North Dakota's private colleges as well as its public university system. It would outlaw drinking inside arenas and stadiums and ban alcohol at tailgate parties.

Damschen says the ban is intended to combat underage drinking. He says youngsters see people drinking at sporting events and may think it's part of having a good time, when it doesn't have to be.

North Dakota's Board of Higher Education discussed the proposal late Thursday, but board members did not take a position on it.