published Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Finley Stadium board approves exploration of alcohol sales

Finley Stadium
Finley Stadium

New Finley Stadium executive director Paul Smith believes it's time to explore more alcohol sales at the 20,668-seat facility, including the possibility at UTC football games.

"With my arrival, everything is open for discussion," Smith said today. "We just need to understand where each other stands. I would like to have it, and UTC is searching for extra revenues. There is beer being sold at the stadium already at the stadium club and in the skyboxes.

"There is a lot of beer being consumed in the parking lots and in the pavilion before the games."

At the first Stadium Corp. meeting of 2014, alcohol sales was a dominant topic, as was Finley Stadium's turf. The turf has endured nine football seasons, and either 2014 or 2015 will be the last.

Board member Mike Davis estimated the replacement cost at $750,000.

"Ideally, we would find a way to play on this surface one more year and then find a way to finance it for next year," Smith said. "That would be the best case. We would like to get more years out of if, but that could create more responsibility than it would be worth if we played on it two more years."

For more information, read Wednesday's Times Free Press

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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