LSU is expanding its beer sales to baseball.
The athletic department announced Monday that it will be opening two new tented areas, named "The Yard," inside Alex Box Stadium, where Tiger baseball fans over the age of 21 will be able to purchase beer and wine.
The locations will open two hours before first pitch and will sell alcohol until the end of the seventh inning of games, much like how baseball parks in the major leagues sell alcohol until the seventh-inning stretch.
The expansion of alcohol sales in college venues has been debated nationally over the past several years, and while the Southeastern Conference remains the only Power 5 league to prohibit the sale of alcohol in general seating areas, LSU has pressed forward through loopholes to give its fans alcoholic beverage options.
The official SEC policy states that its alcohol ban "shall not apply to private, leased areas in the facility or other areas designated by the SEC."
LSU submitted its plan for private areas to the SEC, which approved that the plans satisfied the intent of the policy, said Herb Vincent, a former LSU administrator who is now the SEC's associate commissioner for communications.
In September, LSU debuted its first private area, "The Chute," on the ground level at Tiger Stadium, where football patrons purchased $20 wristbands that granted entrance and included two beverages. Each additional beverage was $6 each.
Before its opening, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said in a statement that The Chute "will be a great addition for Tiger stadium and for our fan experience."
Alleva also spoke about alcohol sales on Aug. 15 on the radio show Sports Today on WNXX-FM, 104.5.
"My stance has been, and our president's stance has been, that we would love to offer alcoholic beverages to everyone, the whole public area of a stadium," Alleva said on the show. "I really think that that's going to change in the future."
The Yard will operate similarly to The Chute. Patrons can purchase a $20 wristband, which grants entrance to either location and includes two drinks. Each additional beverage is again $6. And since the SEC policy prohibits the consumption of alcohol in public areas of stadiums, fans cannot bring their drinks outside of the tented area.
LSU will have 35 home baseball games in 2019, and the Tigers open the season at Alex Box Stadium against Louisiana-Monroe on Friday at 7 p.m.