A few years ago, arena cameras were panning the crowd between whistles and they caught now 85-year-old Beth Delano taking a big swig of beer. The student section and rest of the arena immediately erupted with applause. And so began the legend of the “Beer Grandma.”
Every time she appeared on the big screen, beer in hand or not, the arena would erupt. But that is no more. UND President Robert Kelley requested that Delano no longer be displayed on the big screen, because he believes it feeds into the reputation UND has as a drinking school.
The action has received a terse response from fans, who have been commenting on the Herald’s site, as well as former players on Twitter. One of them was Brett Hextall, who wrote: “Sad to hear they won’t show beer gma at Sioux games anymore. What a joke! Student section better start a chant for her. #beergrandma”
Now, the Ralph says there’s a chance that Beer Grandma will show up again.