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OSU testing pilot program for beer, wine sales at spring sporting events

STILLWATER, Okla. - Toasting to your team may get a little easier at Oklahoma State University.

The University Board of Regents voted to allow beer and wine at some sporting events.

"There are other universities around the country that have become programs like this, and two in our conference are the University of Texas and West Virginia," said Chad Weiberg, OSU Deputy Athletic Director.

OSU will now be the third in the conference.

"Specifically, it would just be beer and wine and this particular pilot program is just for spring sports," Weiberg said.

The pilot program will not include sports like football or basketball, yet.

Some students are a little unhappy with that part, but they do like the plan.

"Spring sports, honestly, just aren't really that fun. And see, if you had a little bit of an incentive, like alcohol, into it then more people get off the couch and come and enjoy the games, make a little more fun," said Nicole Baumann.

The program could also be a win in bringing in more dollars.

"With all the money that they can make from it, judging by other universities and just different stuff; the police here on campus and stuff they've looked into it and clearly it's going to have a positive effect, so I think it's a really good thing," said OSU student Greylyn Machtolff.

USAToday College reports that so far, more than 30 college stadiums allow the sale of alcohol.

Ohio State made more than $1 million in the 2016 season, while UT Austin brought in a whopping $3.3 million.

It's big news for students.

"I think that's going to bring out more attendance because most people stay home to drink and watch the game. So, that should bring y'all more people, that should bring more revenue to the school and that I think it's good idea," said Kobe Daniels.

But, the plan does come with some rules.

"There is a limit on the number that I can purchase at any given time, and then there is training to monitor of somebody who seems to be consuming too much, Weiberg said.

The first step for the university will be applying for the license.