Stadium Alcohol Policies: A Comparison of Policies Available on College Athletic Department Web Sites

in International Journal of Sport Communication
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Alcohol consumption at college football games concerns stadium and university administrators because of the risk of alcohol-related crime, injury, and other potential problems. The purpose of this study was to determine how many of the 120 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision athletic department Web sites posted their stadium alcohol policies, what their alcohol policies contained, and how they differed. An analysis of information about the availability of alcohol, restrictions on alcohol consumption, and the enforcement of the policies on their official university-sponsored athletic department stadium Web sites was conducted. Results of the study suggested that alcohol policy information is often unavailable or difficult to locate. College athletic department Web sites are typically filled with varying information about their sport teams, but because of the layout and busy nature of such sites, it is often difficult to find certain information on them.

Menaker is a doctoral student, and Connaughton, his advisor, in the Dept. of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

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