Parkside Athletics to add beer sales in DeSimone Arena

New offerings commence for the winter sports season


The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Athletics Department is committed to a balanced student-athlete experience that develops future leaders and active community members. As the only NCAA Division II member in the state of Wisconsin, we strive to live the “Life in the Balance” philosophy by promoting academic excellence, athletic success, and community engagement to ensure personal growth and development.

Beginning in 2022-23, Parkside Athletics will now offer a variety of beer options for sale for fans 21-and-over attending winter sporting events in Alfred and Bernice DeSimone Arena, Director of Athletics Andrew Gavin announced on Tuesday.

Andrew Gavin

The newly renovated and rededicated DeSimone Arena opened in 2021-22 with enhanced seating options, premium suites, and state-of-the-art video boards. Alcoholic beverages were initially offered only in The Bear Club and Educators Credit Union Suite. Now beer will be sold through concessions and available for purchase for guests in all seating areas.

The new offerings will commence with Parkside wrestling’s home opener against UW-Whitewater on Thursday, Nov. 10 and the men’s and women’s basketball teams hosting the Nexus Classic on Nov. 11-12.

“We have committed through various initiatives to improving our facilities and our gameday atmosphere to enhance the experience of our student-athletes and our fans,” Gavin said. “This decision is another step in becoming a premier sports and entertainment option for our communities in southeastern Wisconsin, and we’re excited to see our Ranger supporters and welcome new fans of all ages to DeSimone Arena.”

Encouraging responsible fan behavior and promoting alcohol safety continue to be top priorities for Parkside Athletics and UW-Parkside.

Every purchase (who appears to be younger than 50) is required to present a valid, government-issued photographic identification documenting they are at least 21 years of age. Purchases are limited to two drinks per transaction, and beer sales will end with eight minutes remaining in the second half of men’s basketball games, at the end of the third quarter for women’s basketball games, and at the conclusion of the seventh competition for wrestling duals.

Ticketing information

There are 17 different opportunities to come out and watch Ranger basketball this season! Season tickets to watch Parkside men’s and women’s basketball begin at $80 for the season. Single-game tickets start at $6 for bleacher seats. 

Season tickets to see the Parkside wrestling team begin at $50 and include all seven home events this winter, including the Jim Koch Wisconsin Open on Saturday, Dec. 3. Single tickets begin at $6. 

To purchase your single-game or season tickets today, click HERE.