One of the pastimes of my experience as a college football fan was sneaking around the stadium. Many venues banned liquor sales after crowds turned into angry mobs in the 90s. A few have recently reversed these policies, and whether due to endless college greed or A feeling of helplessness because participants pushed snipers into every crevice highlights a fact of fandom that Qatar will soon realize as it prepares to welcome football fans to the World Cup.
And that is: People will get belligerent, and yell, cry, bark, scream, laugh, kiss, clap, occasionally throw things on the field; or, worst-case scenario, spark a riot in the stands despite the best efforts of authority figures.
While I doubt we’ll see the Ultras descend on Ar Rayyan like a bunch of brainwashed lunatics and try to stab each other with flares, there will be plenty of adult drinks despite the organizers’ best efforts. discourage pleasure in general. A beautiful – and devoted – soul has already been compiled a Qatar liquor cardand this thing is going to be supported like that friend you have in New York who knows how to get all the good drugs.
You can put the beer tents in the least visible/accessible nooks and crannies of fan fests, and the only thing it will interfere with is the movement of the crowd. Obviously these idiots have never been to a kegger where a couple of stoned brothers threw the barrel of Natty Light in the worst possible place, causing long wait times, a surly crowd and probably a serious risk of fire.
The other aspect he overlooked is that the easiest booze to sneak into places also leads to the most careless drunks. I keep coming back to the college experience because many students double major in drinking, but dollar shot night never ends well. When your options have been narrowed down to straightlittle hunter, that’s where it gets rowdy.
(The night of cheap drinks isn’t as easy on the bank account as you might think. Waking up to a $97 charge usually comes with little knowledge of how she got there.)
If anything, beer and wine should be readily offered because we’ve all seen Gus after one too many whiskeys, or Gloria six-martinis deep, and that’s no fun for anyone.
‘Overrun with erased tourists’ is how most people in the service industry spend their busy seasons, and the corrupt fools who made a power play for the World Cup should have taken this into account before firing those millions in offshore pending accounts.
Also, I know why I am seeing “Visit Qatar” commercials for the first time in TV history. I just mean it won’t work. It’s 118 in the shade, there’s little alcohol, sex outside of marriage is prohibited, and you can hear the cries of dead workers emanating from the country’s infrastructure. But, yeah, sign me up for that $871 round-trip ticket.
These sweet ‘we don’t do that here’ reminders will keep people from drinking as much as Qatar’s ‘we don’t talk about Bruno’ campaign will temper protests against the parade of human rights fiascos that accompanied his preparation for the tournament.
Telling football fans they can’t drink works just as well as telling a group of college football fans that alcohol is prohibited. In the stadium. The challenge has been accepted, and no amount of wands, metal detectors, frisks, or bag searches will prevent public intoxication.
This might not be Las Vegas, “Oh my god, did that guy just throw up his McDonalds in the bag?” levels of neglect, but there will be far more alcohol consumption than Qatar would like.