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Phil Matier: Golden Gate Fields All-You-Can-Drink Promotion Facing Opposition

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Horses racing at Golden Gate Fields. (CBS)

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ALBANY (KCBS) – A promotion scheduled for Saturday at Golden Gate Fields has many with Mothers Against Drunk Driving concerned. Hoping to reel in a younger crowd, officials are starting “Bottomless Saturdays” with unlimited well drinks served all afternoon for a flat fee of $30.

Dan Cirimele of Golden Gate Fields said bartenders will receive additional training on how to deal with unruly drinkers. Additional security – mainly off-duty Alameda County sheriff’s deputies – will be on hand as well. To encourage further safety, wristbands will be handed out to designated drivers, meaning free bottles of water and soft drinks for them.

But some are taking issue with the promotion. A group of so-called “concerned employees” has started a letter writing campaign to stop the event from happening. They are also concerned about the promotion’s use of a scantily clad woman in its poster.

The Bay Area affiliate of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is also worried, especially about “the possibility of binge drinking” according to Jody Iorns, executive director of the group.

You can hear Phil Matier’s comments Monday through Friday at 7:50am and 5:50pm on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM.

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