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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KTTC/AP) -- The University of Minnesota board of Regents approved beer sales during athletic events at TCF Bank stadium.  The vote happened Wednesday afternoon, making the U of M the only Big Ten university to serve beer to general seating.

While milling around the stadium, we bumped into some of those college students in their twenties each having different views on the new ruling.

Since opening day at the Golden Gopher's new stadium, alcohol was limited to the luxury suites.  On Wednesday, the vote for reversal was passed 10-1, making the U of M the only Big Ten College to offer its fans a cold brew.

"I think it will discourage a lot of the after-parties," said U of M Junior Jessica Foag. "I feel people will always find other ways to drink. So I don't think it will really make a difference."

But it will financially. Beer sales are expected to bring an additional $1 million to $1.5 million annually in sales and suite rentals.

"Everyone was still drinking in the stands anyway's whether they bought it or not," said U of M Junior Matt Leach.  "Now they're making money off of it instead of just having to deal with it."

What does the vote mean for game-goers?

Fans in general seating areas will be able to buy beer from only two stands, both on the west side of the stadium.  They are also the farthest away from the student section and fans can bring beer back to their seats.

"We'll probably have more cleanup after the games, but it's worth it," said Leach who works for the universities land crew. 

Alcoholic beverages will be allowed on Veteran's Memorial and Tribal Nations Plaza outside of the west end gates.  As for the image of the university, U of M Junior Zach Miller thinks the university is blazing a trail.  "I don't think it tarnishes it in any way," he said.  "I wouldn't be surprised if in the next couple years you see the other Big Ten schools following suit."

Depending on which vendor the university chooses, wine sales could be added, but the sale of hard alcohol will not be considered.  The university also allowed general alcohol sales when the Gophers played at the Metrodome.

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