After smoothing out relations with city and police officials, the Red Sox seem to be closer to serving mixed drinks to the masses at Fenway this season.
It was only a week ago that the Mayor’s office and police officials were wary of the proposal and voiced concern when the Sox first brought the plan to the city’s Licensing Board.
But after meeting with city leaders this week, a Sox lawyer and executives brought a revised plan before the board yesterday.
In the new plan, liquor will be served at limited locations in the main seating area. It is already available in the luxury levels.
None of the mixed drink stands will be in the bleachers, which was a concern for officials who called the section “a potential time bomb” with the hard alcohol.
“The first thing I pictured was people out in the hot sun in 90 degrees drinking rum and Cokes like they were nothing and we have to deal with it,” said Boston Police Superintendent William Evans.
Sox execs apparently succeeded making the proposal more palatable to city leaders, telling the board that the alcohol would be limited to 1 ounce in a 10-ounce cup.
“These will be drinks served with mixers that will be much more mix than hard alcohol,” said Sox lawyer Dennis Quilty.