Two NY state senators pushing for earlier beer sales in Buffalo

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Two New York state senators want to get people attending Bills games to drink less by opening up beer sales at Ralph Wilson Stadium an hour earlier than is currently allowed by law.

You didn’t read that wrong. The idea is that it will be easier to regulate people if they are inside the stadium instead of congregating in the parking lots until just before kickoff. New York law prohibits beer sales before noon on Sundays and early starts kick off an hour later in Buffalo.

“People are hanging out, tailgating in these lots, at earlier times,” said Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, who sponsored the bill with Sen. George Maziarz. “If [the teams] had the opportunity to open up their concession stands earlier, it could be more regulated.”

The bill wasn’t passed before the state legislature adjourned for the summer last week, but it is expected to be considered again in the fall. It might not pass then, either. Maziarz admitted to the Buffalo News that he’s not sure the bill is a great idea because of potential impact on bars and restaurants in Buffalo and elsewhere in the state.

The Bills released a statement saying that their “focus remains to promote responsibility among our fans who attend games at Ralph Wilson Stadium, regardless of the time.” The Bills would obviously also benefit from increased concession sales and there would be more tax revenue for the state.

Assuming, of course, the plan actually got anyone into the stadium.

Beer is cheaper outside of NFL stadiums, as are any foods consumed at tailgate parties, and that is going to keep some people from heading into the stadium any earlier than they do now. Those parties also become another reason for people to go to the games, which makes it hard to believe they will be rushing into the stadium as the bill’s sponsors might hope.

14 responses to “Two NY state senators pushing for earlier beer sales in Buffalo

  1. It would probably cut down on people getting all lubed up before they enter the stadium knowing they can purchase a frosty beverage inside at their leisure.

  2. Doubt that will help since people can buy a case of beer and tailgate with it rather than paying the same amount for 3 beers and sitting in their seat watching nothing.

  3. I can’t imagine that people are going to want to get in to THAT stadium an hour earlier to pay $10 for a beer. Might be another story if this was a nice dome stadium where people might choose to go in to get out of the weather….then again, this is Buffalo we’re talking about….

  4. Their hearts are in the right places….But it’s just stupid…..So it will probably pass.

  5. Nice try. Buffalo fan gets to the lot at 7 am to start drinking. They are in the bag by 11 am either way.

  6. “New York law prohibits beer sales before noon on Sundays and early starts kick off an hour later in Buffalo.”

    Maybe this is true for draft beer at the stadium, but it’s perfectly legal to go to a grocery store and buy 30-packs starting at 8 AM.

  7. Finally. So sick of waiting in line at Wilson Farms outside the stadium for sales to open. That said, buy your booze on saturday folks. you got the tickets, you know you are going to the game.

    TJ is wrong. go to a convenient store near a bills game and watch the line start to build waiting for beer sales, and its not at 8am.

    BTW bars stay open till gamin the buff. so much fun

  8. 99% of Tailgaters drink responsibly. 99% of fans attending NFL games drink responsibly. The NFL & now senators keep messing with the tradition of Tailgating. (like not opening parking lots until 4 hours before kickoff) The NFL is already starting to lose some fans from attending games. This is due to HD and bigger, better TVs at fan’s homes. If you take away Tailgating……you WILL lose even more fans from attending games. Sometimes Tailgating is the best part of the overall Gameday Experience.

  9. Outlaw beer and sell $5 doobies and a lot of problems would be solved. No more screaming drunks looking for fights, etc. Just giggles and munchies and enjoyment of the game.

  10. urlacher2000 says: Jun 26, 2012 11:39 PM

    99% of Tailgaters drink responsibly. 99% of fans attending NFL games drink responsibly. The NFL & now senators keep messing with the tradition of Tailgating. (like not opening parking lots until 4 hours before kickoff) The NFL is already starting to lose some fans from attending games. This is due to HD and bigger, better TVs at fan’s homes. If you take away Tailgating……you WILL lose even more fans from attending games. Sometimes Tailgating is the best part of the overall Gameday Experience.
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    I 100% agree w/ you other than your 99% claim. I’ve been to too many Bills games to believe it.

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