The board voted 4-2 to obtain a liquor license during its regular meeting on Wednesday.
"It's do or not do at this point," said board chairman Dr. Hardwick Kay.
Board members Sharon Franks, Penn Majors, Jane Summers and Phyllis Keith-Young all voted in favor of the motion. Sam Tull and Thom Rogers were the two members who voted against.
"I'm opposed to it," said Tull. "I think we are asking for more trouble."
"Me too," added Rogers.
The Arena Board will have the say on which events liquor will be available.
"We will have control of when it will be served," said Kay.
"I know it is an important thing, but I think we will miss a lot of stuff if we don't offer it to private events," added Majors.
City voters brought back liquor to Corinth for the first time since 1989 in overwhelming fashion. Over 2,500 citizens voted for liquor's return in December of last year.
"There are certainly pros and cons to this decision," said Arena General Manager Tammy Genovese. "In my research our venue competition has their licenses and this move will continue to allow us to compete for bigger events and private parties … it will also allow us another revenue source to assist in our efforts to increase our bottom line."
Beer has been available at arena events since it opened at venues which requested it.
In other board business:
• Tull was selected vice chairman of the board. The board had been without a vice chairman since the resignation of Alva Dalton in March.
• The board has decided to do more research on an exhaust system after discussion with some members of the Board of Supervisors.
"It's on hold, but I think we will be revisiting it again," added Kay.
• The seven-person board learned they will receive a check of $25,277.73 from Travelers Casualty and Surety Company to replace missing funds detected by the Mississippi State Auditor's Office in Oct. of 2011. A total of $34,678.29 was scheduled to be headed back to the Arena, but the auditor's office charge – just over $9,400 – dropped the amount.