Northern Illinois to have field level end zone bar at games this season

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Northern Illinois University is the latest college football program to announce that it will be selling alcohol during games this season.

However, there is a pretty awesome twist. The program announced on Wednesday that it will open up Fatty’s Pub & Grille at the field level of the south end zone 90 minutes before games this season. It will remain open deep into the second half.

“Inside Fatty’s Touchdown Village, enjoy reduced pricing on beer starting at just $2 per can, with water and soda available for $1.50 and slices of Rosati’s pizza for only $3. Beer, available only with proper ID through the third quarter, must be consumed in the area,” the school announced. “There is limited seating and access to televisions to watch replays during the game, or to catch other games before kickoff. A D.J. will provide music and fans also can enjoy a game of bags with fellow students and Huskie fans.”

Tailgating inside a stadium before a college football game seems to be all sorts of awesome.

Sure there could be some concern about students attending the game getting a bit too intoxicated. But at the very least, we’re only talking about beer here. Either way, the carbs from pizza could sop up the alcohol.

Adult beverages during college football games became a bit more prevalent last season. It has now taking on a while new meaning in the lead up to the 2019 season.