Recommendations for Venue Alcohol Policies

The policies presented are recommendations approved by the TEAM Coalition Board of Directors and member organizations. These policy recommendations represent the best practices of sports and entertainment facilities across the country, concessionaire companies, stadium service providers, MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL, NHL, NASCAR, NCAA and Live Nation.

TEAM Coalition encourages every sports and entertainment facility to establish, communicate and enforce policies that ensure the safety and enjoyment of the experience for their guests. Neither TEAM Coalition nor its member organizations mandate these recommendations.


Sports and entertainment facilities should consider:

  • Training both concessions and operations employees in an alcohol management training program
  • Setting an employee policy to always use safety belts when driving
  • Posting signs in their parking facilities reminding guests to always buckle up


Designated Driver Program – Engage Guests in Responsibility 

  • Fans that sign up to be designated drivers must present a valid drivers license to prove that they are licensed to drive and they are over the legal drinking age
  • Designated drivers should sign an agreement pledging to:
    • Not drink alcohol while at the venue
    • Take responsibility for driving home their friends and family who have been drinking
  • Ensure that everyone wears safety belts


Policies regarding the purchase and consumption of alcohol

The policies below represent the mode (most frequently reported value) for all sports venues representing TEAM Coalition member leagues.

  • Alcohol sales cut off time:
    • MLB: end of 7th inning
    • MLS: 75th minute
    • NFL: end of 3rd quarter
    • NBA: end of 3rd period
    • NHL: end of 2nd period
  • ID policy: 30 and younger
  • Maximum number of alcohol beverages per purchase: 2
  • Maximum serving size per beer:
    • MLB: 24 oz
    • MLS: 24 oz
    • NFL: 20 oz
    • NBA: 24 oz
    • NHL: 24 oz
  • Denial of outside alcohol beverages into the venue

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