The RG’s Maggie Vinoni reports here:
… UO Deputy Athletic Director Eric Roedl said that out-of-town fans would benefit from having more time to enjoy pregame festivities.
“Sixty percent of our current football season ticket base comes from beyond Lane, Linn and Benton counties,” Roedl said. “Which means they are driving a significant distance, often three to four hours round trip, to come to Oregon football games. So, it’s truly an all-day commitment to come.”
During a public hearing on Monday evening, City Councilors raised concerns about the additional cost of extending hours to lot operators, and whether the increased time for alcohol consumption would lead to excessive drinking.
But UO Police Chief Matthew Carmichael told city councilors that people may drink less alcohol before games if they are given more time do so.
“It’s been my experience that by extending the time doesn’t increase the amount of alcohol one person consumes,” he said. “There are some arguments that say it would actually reduce that rush-feel to want to drink more in a short period of time.” …
What could go wrong? Oh, right:
College party culture and sexual assault
Jason M Lindo, Peter Siminski, Isaac D Swensen
2018/1, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
This paper considers the degree to which events that intensify partying increase sexual
assault. Estimates are based on panel data from campus and local law enforcement
agencies and an identification strategy that exploits plausibly random variation in the timing
of Division 1 football games. The estimates indicate that these events increase daily reports
of rape with 17–24-year-old victims by 28 percent. The effects are driven largely by 17–24-
year-old offenders and by offenders unknown to the victim, but we also find significant effects
on incidents involving offenders of other ages and on incidents involving offenders known to
the victim.(JEL I23, J16, K42, Z13)