Liquor prohibitions set for X Games
December 15, 2010
ASPEN – Pitkin County will again prohibit the consumption of alcohol on unlicensed premises for the duration of the Winter X Games, on Jan 27-30.
Alcohol is served at several spots at the Buttermilk venue – the VIP tent, special guests tent and suites in the tower that is erected at the base of the superpipe – but alcohol is not sold to the general public at Buttermilk during the games.
The special ordinance, adopted annually for the last few years, prohibits consumption on public streets, in parking lots, on buses, etc. It’s directed at outlawing the bring-your-own-booze approach to the X Games. The ordinance also covers the practice week heading up to the actual games.
“I think the initial two years, we did not do this, and we encountered problems,” said County Attorney John Ely.
X Games attendees have been known to consume alcohol both at the Buttermilk venue itself and at various public locations throughout the county prior to arriving at the venue, the ordinance notes.
Attendees at the games do pass through a security checkpoint. ESPN has hired an outside security firm to work the Winter X Games this year, bringing in a team of 60 from out of state, to be augmented by local security personnel. The goal is to use the same security firm for all of ESPN’s events, an ESPN spokesperson told commissioners.