- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

EL RENO, Okla. (AP) - A Canadian County judge has ruled that a professional soccer club can obtain a permit to sell low-alcohol beer at games on high school property.

The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/1XL0EO2 ) reports that Judge Bob Hughey gave Rayo OKC permission to sell beer at games held at Yukon high school.

More than 100 protests were filed with the county clerk in response to the soccer club’s permit application.

Sheriff Randall Edwards, who brought the issue to court, said there’s a state statute restricting alcohol sales within 300 feet of a school.

“The impact (of allowing beer sales) is more far reaching than what I can speculate,” Edwards testified. “Any time we show our kids that we are hypocritical from what we promote, we set a precedent for generations. Any time an adult holds a drink and tells his kids not to drink. . it’s hypocritical.”

Rayo attorney Mitch Blackburn argued that there was an exception to the statute granted for establishments where the primary focus is not on selling alcohol. He said that a game’s primary focus is the soccer match, not alcohol consumption.

Hughey ruled that the exception applies to the stadium as a whole, not the five individual beer stands. He said the team will have to apply for a permit for each game.

“The applicant has to understand there was 103 protests filed, including by the sheriff,” Hughey said. “I suspect there is going to be other applications for other games in the future, and I suspect there is going to be at least 103 sets of eyes watching to see if there are any issues or problems.”

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Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com


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