LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The New Mexico State University Board of Regents voted in favor of applying for two governmental licenses Monday morning, that would give the university its own licenses to sell alcohol if granted.
Regents voted 3 to 1 on a license to sell alcohol at the Pan American Center and 4 to 0 on a second license for the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management.
"Why give it to somebody else that's going to profit," said Men's basketball season ticket holder Leo Garcia. "Let the university keep the profit."
The license for the school of HRTM would serve partially as an educational tool, while the Pan Am licenses would allow the university to possibly expand alcohol sales.
Beer and wine is sold at the arena by licensed outside vendors using a special dispenser permit at some concerts and other special events.
"I'm pretty sure people that like sports and drinks they might show up and make it more popular," said NMSU student Jimmy Copeland.
For those concerned with safety, university police doesn't think alcohol sales will be an issue.
They said they already increase staff at events where alcohol is sold and place trained officers in the area.
Part of the profits will also go toward the NMSU Wave program which teaches the community about alcohol and substance abuse.
"It will teach people to drink responsibly," Copeland said.
The university said they will also look into promoting New Mexico Wines and micro-brews.
The application process could take several months.