Baseball fans facing first no-beer game

April 7, 2009 at 9:27 AM

TORONTO, April 7 (UPI) -- The Toronto Blue Jays were set to see the extent of their fans' loyalty Tuesday as their home Rogers Center stadium was banned from selling beer.

Tuesday was the first of three one-day liquor license penalties for the facility as a result of numerous infractions dating to 2007 in which minors were observed buying beer, other minors became drunk and still others smoked marijuana at an AC/DC concert, the Toronto Sun reported. In some incidents, patrons were observed drinking alcohol they had taken into the facility, the Sun said.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario ordered another beer-free baseball date on April 21 when the Jays play the Texas Rangers and a third for a Canadian Football League game Aug. 1, the report said.

Rogers officials said those unhappy with a no-beer event could exchange their tickets for another game, depending on availability.

There was no mention of the financial loss to the concession operators.

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