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Article - Alcoholic Beverages


    (a)    There is a sports stadium license.

    (b)    (1)    Subject to paragraph (2) of this subsection, the Board may issue the license to three individuals serving on the board of directors for a corporation, partnership, or limited liability company that operates a stadium that:

            (i)    has a minimum capital investment of $2,000,000, not including the cost of land;

            (ii)    serves as a venue for professional sports events; and

            (iii)    has a seating capacity of 2,000 persons, as established by the Fire Marshal for the county.

        (2)    At least one of the individuals to whom the license is issued shall have been a resident of the State for at least the 2 years immediately preceding the issuance of the license.

    (c)    (1)    The license authorizes the license holder to sell beer and wine for on–premises consumption during a professional sports event or other event held at the stadium.

        (2)    Sales may take place at a service bar or throughout the stadium by individual sales vendors on behalf of the license holder.

    (d)    (1)    The hours of sale during a sports event are:

            (i)    from 30 minutes before the start of the event until the start of the final period of play if only one event is played in a day; or

            (ii)    from 30 minutes before the start of the first event until the start of the final period of play of the last event scheduled for that day if more than one event is played on the same day.

        (2)    The hours of sale for an event other than a sports event shall be set by the Board.

    (e)    All beer and wine intended for consumption at the stadium shall be purchased from the Alcohol Beverage Services for the county.

    (f)    Each server of alcoholic beverages at the stadium shall hold a certificate of completion from an approved alcohol awareness program as described in § 4–505 of this article.

    (g)    The annual license fee is $2,000.