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Lakers seek approval to sell alcohol

By Randy Thoms Jul 11, 2023 | 4:00 PM

Fort Frances town council is reserving a decision on requests by the Lakers junior hockey team.

Team officials are looking for the ability to sell alcohol at their home games.

Head coach Tyler Miller says they are the only SIJHL team that does not have that privilege and hopes council will make the necessary policy changes.

“You can control this and what’s sold, how much, end of the second period, end of the third, what you want to do, and you also need security. But that’s stuff that we’re prepared to handle ourselves and pursue that and hopefully have the support of you guys,” says Miller.

The current policy prohibits alcohol at minor sports events like Laker games. It also restricts alcohol from being consumed in the arena when the ice is in.

The Lakers are seeking changes to both restrictions.

Media Relations Coordinator Tara Allaire says they are willing to work with the town.

“I’ve talked with a few other clerks about what they do in their municipalities. Some of them even have a roped-off section up on the concourse that doesn’t have an exit, where you have some tables set up, and you can have a drink up there and then go back to your seat. We’re really open to whatever the recreation manager and admin would want to work with us on,” says Allaire.

The team also wants access to unused wall space within the Memorial Sports Centre lobby for marketing and promotional purposes.

Council is turning to administration for a recommendation.



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