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The Citadel to sell beer at Riley Park baseball games

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South Carolina has posted nearly $20,000 in its first foray into athletic public alcohol sales. File/staff photo

Citadel baseball fans will be able to enjoy a cold beer while watching the Bulldogs at Riley Park this season.

Citadel athletic director Jim Senter announced Friday that the military school will sell beer this season during games for the first time in its 21-year history at Riley Park.

“Our focus in each of our venues is to give fans a top-notch experience,” Senter said. “We realize many of our collegiate colleagues and the team we share Joe Riley Park with offer beer as a fan amenity. I am pleased with the new policy allowing fans at The Citadel baseball games to have similar options as when they attend a Charleston RiverDogs game. We are committed to ensuring all of our fans enjoy their time at our sporting events, and this policy outlines the proactive steps we have taken to reach that goal.”

The policy will be in effect starting with the season-opening Charleston Crab House Challenge next weekend. Fans of legal drinking age will be permitted up to three beer purchases, tracked by wristbands and hand stamps.

An alcohol-free zone also will be set up for each game, the school said.

Beer sales will work as follows, the school said:

• All patrons wishing to purchase or consume beer must present proper identification showing they are of legal age.

• People wishing to drink beer will have a wristband placed on their wrist and their hand stamped with indelible ink, limiting each person to one wristband per game.

• Each wristband will have three tabs which can only be removed by the concessionaire upon purchase of a beer.

• Beer will be served in a clear, plastic 12-ounce cup, with a three-beer maximum.

• All beer sales will cease at the end of the 7th inning.

• A designated driver program will be in place allowing all properly credentialed designated drivers one free soft drink.

The Citadel begins its season Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. against Kansas. The Charleston Crab House Challenge begins at noon that day with a matchup between Virginia and Liberty.

Reach Jeff Hartsell at (843) 937-5596. Follow on Twitter @Jeff_fromthePC

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