Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 11, 2014

Beginning opening night, beer to be sold at Blue Jays games

BLUEFIELD — Beer will soon be sold at the Blue Jays baseball games at Bowen Field starting on opening night June 19.

Blue Jays General Manager Jeff Gray said that the league will slowly implement the selling of beer at the games.

“There will be restrictions on the beer, for example it will not be sold after the sixth inning and there will be no alcohol zones. We do not see where this will affect the family friendly environment,” Gray said.

The Blue Jays have also hired a private security firm that will also help control the sale of the alcohol, Gray said. There will also be a beer garden where fans will be encouraged to consume the beer.

“We invite all fans to come out; the games are fun for the whole family,” Gray said.

The league had a lot of requests to sell beer at the games and it opens a door to the people who would like to have a beer at the game, Gray said.

League President Lee Landers said the games are very affordable entertainment for the whole family and the beer sales should not affect that.

“We will not be vending beer in the stands, there will be designated areas for beer consumption,” Landers said.

Bluefield Mayor Tom Cole said, “There is something American about a beer and hot dogs at a baseball game.”

“I believe if it is done in the right way there should not be a problem. But it must be done in a responsible manner. Most minor and major league games sell beer at their events,” Cole said.

This decision was not something the board took action on, Cole said.

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