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With a total of 112 votes, the North Carolina House of Representatives approved House Bill 389 (HB 389) which would allow the sale of beer and wine at all athletics events at University of North Carolina System schools.

“By giving NC public universities the option to sell beer and wine at athletic events, this bill will improve safety and encourage local economic development,” NC Rep. Bell said in a statement.

We, the editorial staff of The East Carolinian, believe HB 389 is a great addition to athletic events, specifically for athletics at East Carolina University. Not only will this allow for safer drinking practices during game days, meaning legal age students and fans will no longer try to drink as much alcohol as they can during tailgates before the game, but it will also be beneficial toward increasing revenue on game days.

According to Rep. Bell, statistics show when schools allow the sale of alcohol, the number of alcohol-related incidents dramatically drop.

This will be great for sales at athletic events, as more students will be likely to attend games, and more profits can be made in concessions during games, especially football and baseball at ECU.

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