Arkansas State University’s first alcohol sales netted the Red Wolves Foundation, the fundraising arm of the A-State athletic department, $25,224 last year.
A-State’s board last April approved a 10-year lease agreement with the nonprofit NEA Sports Club of Jonesboro allowing the club to sell alcoholic beverages in certain areas on campus. Then in July, Bud Roberts, director of the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division, approved a large-event facility permit application from NEA Sports Club, and the way was cleared for the sale, beginning in September, of beer, wine and mixed drinks to the club’s members.
Sodexo, which has the food and beverage service contract with A-State, manages the alcohol service.
In 2015, alcohol was served at six football games at Centennial Bank Stadium, five events at the Convocation Center and five catered events at either the stadium or the Convocation Center, according to Jeff Hankins, the university’s vice president for strategic communications and economic development.
Gross sales revenue, which includes taxes, totaled $73,955 for September through December, with $45,724 coming from the Convocation Center events, $25,485 at the football games and $2,746 for the catered events. Sodexo paid the NEA Sports Club $25,224, or 40 percent of the net revenue, in 2015, with all of this sum going to the Red Wolves Foundation.
Correction: An earlier version of this article reported an incorrect sum paid by Sodexo to the NEA Sports Club.