GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The University of Florida will sell alcohol at men's basketball games beginning with the team's season opener at 7 p.m. Tuesday against North Florida.

The Gators announced the policy change Monday, following the lead of several other Southeastern Conference schools. The league voted in June to end its long-standing ban on alcohol sales in public sections of stadiums and arenas.

UF, which called its new policy a "pilot program," is incorporating conference-wide alcohol management rules that include:

- Alcohol will be sold and dispensed only at designated stationary locations.

-  Alcohol will not be sold by vendors within seating areas.

- An identification check will be required to prevent sales to minors.

- Alcohol sales are limited to beer and wine only.

- Fans, with valid and legal IDs, will be permitted to only buy a maximum of two drinks at a time.

- Alcohol must be dispensed into cups.

-  Serving staff will be trained to handle high-risk situations.

- Alcohol sales will stop at the start of the second half.

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