Today in NC State History: Carter crowd learns its ABC’s

October 21, 2014
By Chris Saunders

historyIconThrowing back several cocktails at tailgates before a football game is certainly not just a 21st century problem. In fact, it was very much on law enforcement agents’ minds at NC State in the 1960s, as acts of drunkenness had become so prevalent that they felt they had to step in.

So it was on this day 47 years ago that officials from the N.C. Alcohol Beverage Control Board first patrolled Carter Stadium, according to a 1967 Technician article.

“[Board Director Raymond] Brady said the measure stemmed from a number of reports of the boisterous conduct associated with the use of alcohol at games,” the article read.

resolverThe ABC officials used the Wake Forest game, a 24-7 win for the Wolfpack, to look forĀ  “flagrant violators” of a 1967 law that prohibited liquor at public sporting events.

“This is the first time this season that ABC officials have been sent to a football game at a Big Four school,” according to the Technician. “Similar action has however been taken at East Carolina, according to Brady.”

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