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Urbana Council Lifts Alcohol Ban

April 2, 2002

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URBANA, Ill. (AP) _ Chicago Bears fans could already drink beer in the stadium. Now they’ll be able to buy it outside before the game starts.

The Urbana City Council has lifted a ban on Sunday-morning alcohol sales in anticipation of the Bears arrival in Urbana-Champaign for the upcoming season.

The council unanimously approved the change in the liquor code on Monday night. Previously, alcohol couldn’t be purchased between 1 a.m. and noon on Sundays. The new rule bans Sunday sales from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m., the same as during the rest of the week.

The Bears’ schedule includes five noon games. The team will play all their home games at the University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium while Soldier Field undergoes renovations.

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