A's announce new alcohol policy
OAKLAND -- In a joint statement, the Oakland Athletics and the Oakland Police Department announced today the following policy change in regards to alcohol sales in the Coliseum for all Oakland A's games:
Beginning Tuesday, May 6 for the 7:05 pm game against the Chicago White Sox, all alcohol sales within the Coliseum, including the West Side Club, will end following the final out of the seventh inning.
Fans over the age of 21 who wish to purchase alcohol in the West Side Club will be issued a wristband after showing a legal form of identification.
The A's and Oakland Police Department will continue to work together to enforce all alcohol related violations.
For those who haven't been to the Coliseum before, the West Side Club would serve alcohol (both beer and hard liquor) past the seventh inning through about 30 mins after the end of the game.
I 'm in total agreement that both the cell phone incident and biting of the police officer's finger were both black eye's to A's fans, but I don't think this will solve the problem in the stands. It's ashame that it case down to this as most people I know that frequent the West Side Club past the seventh inning, do so to avoid the crowds leaving the games. Being able to have a beer or another drink was just a nice bonus.
Maybe I'm off the mark here and just bitter that one of my routines at A's games has just been taken from me.