Cheyenne Grizzlies to Begin Beer Sales

Jeff Schuman reports,

Pioneer Park will sell beer at ballgames this summer following the city council's approval.

For the last seven years, the Cheyenne Grizzles have been playing ball to a dry park.

"We've been having a lot of our fans asking for beverage sales for some time," Grizzlies owner Ron Kailey said. "And we thought, well, maybe this is the time to bring it for a council to see what we had to do to get it done."

And Kailey did just that resulting in a 6-3 council vote to allow beer sales at games.

"We're really excited about it."

Council members opposed to the ordinance change neglected to return phone calls.

"I don't know why they would be against it. I've never been able to understand that."

But Kailey says much opposition seems to be based on youth being exposed to alcohol even though family events like Frontier Days sell alcohol. And he believes it will provide further entertainment for young adults.

"Gives them something else to do in Cheyenne where they can still have a beverage without having to go into a bar situation and drink all night."

To maintain a safe and enjoyable environment, Cheyenne police will regulate...

"How things are sold, tips trained people, the number of beers that can be sold at a game, when we start and when we stop selling them."

The decision will ultimately give fans what they have been asking for...a beer and a hot dog at the ball park on a warm summer day.