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Kentucky Announces Alcohol Will Not Be Sold at Athletic Events in 2019-2020

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 8: Mitch Barnhart, director of athletics at University of Kentucky, listens as the NCAA Basketball Tournament Selection Committee meets on Wednesday afternoon, March 8, 2017 in New York City. The committee is gathered in New York to begin the five-day process of selecting and seeding the field of 68 teams for the NCAA MenÕs Basketball Tournament. The final bracket will be released on Sunday evening following the completion of conference tournaments. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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The University of Kentucky dropped a bombshell decision on Thursday, as athletic director Mitch Barnhart announced that alcohol will not be publicly sold at sporting events during the coming school year. This has caused some uproar amongst Kentucky fans.

The main reason this decision is so controversial is that alcohol will be available for premium ticket holders.

The decision comes at an inopportune time for the university. Kentucky's football program is on the rise, and it could have a detrimental effect on attendance when the program should be focusing on growth. Alcohol sales at college sporting events has been a hot topic this summer as the SEC lifted its ban on stadium alcohol sales.

Barnhart feels that it's irresponsible to sell alcohol to a largely college-aged crowd. This would be somewhat reasonable, but the decision to allow alcohol purchases for premium ticket holders has led many to question why the wealthiest fans can be trusted to drink but the general public cannot.

We'll just have to wait and see if attendance suffers as a result of Barnhart's decision.