Baseball brings beer to Cincinnati


Ohio is debating whether or not to allow open containers. They hope to get the bill passed before the Reds Opening day, which is big on drinking. The time between now and opening day is slim, but if it is not passed there are backup plans. Photo courtesy of MCT Campus.

Natalie Brinkman

In Ohio, people have not been allowed to carry open containers in public places, until now; and just in time for the Cincinnati Reds opening day.

“To meet the Opening Day deadline, the Ohio House and Senate would have to pass identical bills, with two-thirds in both chambers voting to make the legislation take effect immediately. Gov. John Kasich would have to sign off on the bill,” according to Cincinnati Enquirer.

Currently, this is allowed in cities like Memphis and New Orleans, but the true question is whether Cincinnati is ready to make this change.

“I think people should drink alcohol in designated areas. I mean honestly with kids it’s monkey see monkey do and if a kid sees their dad or anybody else drinking alcohol then they will be more likely to do it when their older” said freshman Hanna Leonard.

Also, because this change is occurring in so little time and right before a big drinking event, restaurant owners, business owners, and police officers will need to adjust to sudden new rules and regulations.

“Cincinnati should not allow open beverages. The amount of people getting drunk will increase, causing more problems. For example deaths, injuries, and many more. Kids would be tempted to do it,” said freshman Olivia Huculak.

If it doesn’t go through before the Reds big day, Ohio still plans to get it before the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in July.

“An open-container bill appears likely to pass the full Ohio House as soon as the week of March 16, said Rep. Tim Brown, R-Bowling Green, who chairs the House committee handling the legislation,” according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The bill is debatable whether it will be accompanied with economic advantages or annoyance and complaining, however major news companies are leaning towards the bill being passed.