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Bills want to sell beer earlier

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When is it too early to sell beer?  According to the Buffalo Bills, the preferred line of demarcation comes at 10:59 a.m. ET.

Via WGRZ-TV, the Bills actively are seeking an adjustment in a law that allows them to sell beer at Ralph Wilson no earlier than noon on days when the game kicks off at 1:00 p.m. ET.  The Bills want to be able to start selling suds at 11:00 a.m. ET.

As a practical matter, it makes sense to attract folks from the parking lot to the stadium.  If they can drink beer while tailgating but they can’t drink it on the inside until noon, why go in before noon?

Once they’re inside, then they can spend money on all sorts of other stuff, too.

The challenge for the Bills and every other team remains policing beer sales so that people aren’t leaving the venue:  (1) intoxicated; and (2) driving.  The increased awareness and enforcement of DUI laws has gone a long way toward addressing the problem, but more can be done.

Extending by 60 minutes the window for buying alcohol at a football game probably isn’t on the list of potential solutions.

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  1. blackngold4life says: Jun 11, 2014 9:51 AM

    Only in Buffalo..Oakland is next

  2. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jun 11, 2014 9:52 AM

    Their primary argument is “It’s 4:59 PM somewhere.”

  3. jpaq68 says: Jun 11, 2014 9:53 AM

    Bills fan don’t need another excuse to start drinking early.

  4. Hard On For Harden says: Jun 11, 2014 9:53 AM

    Yes, because people aren’t leaving the stadium intoxicated and driving in the current state.

  5. wnbasuperfan says: Jun 11, 2014 9:55 AM

    Why would anyone want to enter the stadium more than an hour before kickoff?

  6. pericles12 says: Jun 11, 2014 9:56 AM

    Are you more or less likely to pound a $9 beer compared to 3 cans of Bud in the parking lot?

    People may be LESS drunk if the stadium sells beer at 11am.

  7. mrpickelz says: Jun 11, 2014 9:59 AM

    As a bills fan I thank you. I’m thinking this season we will be 8-8. For some of these games I may want to be trashed before the 3rd quarter.

  8. Bruce G. Owens Jr says: Jun 11, 2014 9:59 AM

    Correct me if I am wrong but didn’t a fan leave that stadium intoxicated last year and die? I can’t see how the stadium is a more responsible place for drinking tan the parking lot.

  9. flyerguy73 says: Jun 11, 2014 10:05 AM

    That way they can get drunk earlier,and watch the biggest losers in the NFL get spanked! You would have to be a drunk, or a loser to like them idiots.

  10. getyourownname says: Jun 11, 2014 10:05 AM

    When I saw the headline, I thought “July?”

    Wasn’t Buffalo where a fan got so drunk he fell down and drowned while stumbling home after a game, and the family complained it was the team’s responsibility to do something?

  11. fafaflunky says: Jun 11, 2014 10:07 AM

    put a duffs or anchor bar in the stadium

  12. bassplucker says: Jun 11, 2014 10:09 AM

    The jokes write themselves on this one.

  13. robert831 says: Jun 11, 2014 10:10 AM

    Let the beer flow!

  14. btellington says: Jun 11, 2014 10:11 AM

    Hmm… Sit in the Stadium and drink $5 beers two hours before kickoff, or hang out in the parking lot and drink ice cold beers that come from the store at 20% the cost while grilling burgers or brats or whatever. Not a difficult choice there.

    Next step if/when this passes will be to make it more difficult for fans to tailgate.

  15. justintuckrule says: Jun 11, 2014 10:12 AM

    The beer in that photo cost 12 thousand dollars inside the stadium.

  16. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 11, 2014 10:13 AM

    Who is this coming from, and what does the new Owner think about the policy on poison?

  17. BigAlHeBDMan says: Jun 11, 2014 10:18 AM

    This is not an issue in New Orleans and has never been in my lifetime. It’s funny when you hear what other states do to monitor people’s drinking habits. Some even have actual state liquor stores with employees who work for the state. Now that’s hilarious, but it does control the supply/price for them.

  18. Pat says: Jun 11, 2014 10:28 AM

    I have never heard of a football fan going into a game 2 hours early?

    Also, if a person wants to drink badly enough to start at 11AM, they are doing it in the parking lot for free.

  19. billswillnevermove says: Jun 11, 2014 10:28 AM

    jpaq68 says:Jun 11, 2014 9:53 AM

    Bills fan don’t need another excuse to start drinking early.
    _________________________________
    If I were a Jags fan, I would drink 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  20. thelastpieceofcheese says: Jun 11, 2014 10:41 AM

    I don’t blame Bill’s fans to care more about drinking than their team.

  21. realnflmaster says: Jun 11, 2014 10:54 AM

    Seems like a good idea, you would have to be a drunk to watch this team.

  22. canetic says: Jun 11, 2014 10:58 AM

    How do you even tailgate in Buffalo? Doesn’t the beer freeze after October?

  23. shelbysensation says: Jun 11, 2014 10:59 AM

    Mmmmm, beer.

  24. purpleguy says: Jun 11, 2014 11:05 AM

    Come on now, Buffalo ain’t Wisconsin.

  25. clashpoint says: Jun 11, 2014 11:07 AM

    …and I want to buy it earlier!
    Somewhere cheaper though.

  26. GenXJay says: Jun 11, 2014 11:09 AM

    The L.A. Bills fans want to start poppin tops @7:59 a.m.?

  27. raiderrob21 says: Jun 11, 2014 11:20 AM

    blackngold4life says: Jun 11, 2014 9:51 AM

    Only in Buffalo..Oakland is next

    Incorrect sir. In Oakland we don’t need the stadium to sell us beer.

  28. weepingjebus says: Jun 11, 2014 11:27 AM

    Actually, a number of stadiums have unwritten policies where depending on your ticket you can go down to field level regardless of where you actually sit, and watch players and coaches prep until a certain period before gametime. I’ve overheard some interesting coach conversations at FedEx that way.

  29. bobzilla1001 says: Jun 11, 2014 11:45 AM

    Sad that the great sport of football can’t be enjoyed clean and sober…

  30. iloveagoodnap says: Jun 11, 2014 11:59 AM

    btellington says: Jun 11, 2014 10:11 AM

    Hmm… Sit in the Stadium and drink $5 beers two hours before kickoff, or hang out in the parking lot and drink ice cold beers that come from the store at 20% the cost while grilling burgers or brats or whatever. Not a difficult choice there.

    Next step if/when this passes will be to make it more difficult for fans to tailgate.
    ………………
    Where do you go to NFL games that the beer is only $5? That’s only going to buy you a couple sips.

  31. joetoronto says: Jun 11, 2014 12:01 PM

    Bills fans need to drink their sorrows away, as they watch their team fade away.

  32. godofwine330 says: Jun 11, 2014 12:11 PM

    There is no way to prevent a man from driving while intoxicated, so whether they get to sell beer at noon or 11am it shouldn’t make a difference. A man can buy a beer, get his friends to buy him a beer, drink leftover beer from patrons who leave (eww, but I’ve seen it before). It is that man’s own responsibility to know when he is too “lit” to drive.

    I get tired of the “suing the bar” or “suing the team/stadium” instead of the irresponsible person. Hopefully everyone who drinks heavily at either noon or 11am knows as Jason Aldean said, “If you wanna drink, go on fella just do your thing. But give up your keys…” Of course I don’t understand why Bills fans would go for it, the price of beer inside the stadium is ridiculous.

  33. nfloracle says: Jun 11, 2014 12:12 PM

    Instead of helping NFL fans get tanked earlier than usual, all stadiums should sell blunts instead of beer. This would not only bring in additional revenue, but it would solve the angry, loud, ugly drunk problem that infects so many NFL stadiums and makes game day a nasty experience all too often because of the slobbering clown sitting two rows down who can’t even stand up without wobbling while he’s screaming obscenities and physically threatening to pound the crap out of those around him.

    Blunts before beer… then all NFL fans could enjoy the game, enjoy the people around them, and eat more concessions than have ever been sold before.

    I look forward to the day when this idea could actually become a reality because I hate going to a stadium full of drunken idiots who all too often ruin the game for those stuck in seats around them.

  34. CKL says: Jun 11, 2014 12:37 PM

    bobzilla1001 says:
    Jun 11, 2014 11:45 AM
    Sad that the great sport of football can’t be enjoyed clean and sober…
    ______________________________
    I’m with you. I’ve never understood why someone would want to pay a bunch of money to witness something live (concerts, sporting events, etc) then drink a bunch of overpriced alcohol to the point they have basically wasted the money to buy a ticket.

    I am no teetotaler, but dealing with bunches of idiotic drunks (then having to drive at the same time as they do) is one reason I don’t go to games anymore. They should definitely cut sales off after the end of the third Q or halftime though.

    @ NFLoracle, then we’d have the players failing drug tests and blaming the blunt smoke in the stands. :D

  35. billswillnevermove says: Jun 11, 2014 12:38 PM

    joetoronto says:Jun 11, 2014 12:01 PM

    Bills fans need to drink their sorrows away, as they watch their team fade away.
    ________________________________
    And Canadian fans need to….wait, you have no NFL team….you have no support for your NBA basketball team, your MLB baseball team and your Hockey team is a joke, has been forever. Toronto is the worst sports town in North America.

  36. justintuckrule says: Jun 11, 2014 12:55 PM

    They should sell vino too.

    Call each stand, “wine right”

  37. clavette says: Jun 11, 2014 1:36 PM

    the fans certainly wont be any drunker by being able to drink in the stadium instead of out in the parking lots but it is a liability issue

  38. keepyerstickontheice says: Jun 11, 2014 1:53 PM

    Since tailgating traditionally starts on Thursday, moving the stadium sales up an hour or two really isn’t going to change anything except the bottom line for the Labatt’s distributor that services the Ralph.

  39. surfinbird1 says: Jun 11, 2014 1:57 PM

    It’s becoming more and more of a family oriented outing every year. Yikes!

  40. misteranderson41 says: Jun 11, 2014 3:24 PM

    orchard park is the drunkest place on earth 8 sundays (use to be 10) a year…. i don’t think we need more alcohol available at the ralph…for god’s sake we had a drunk think he can slide down the rails in the upper deck and fall over last year, then the year before that we had a guy die after being thrown out for being too intoxicated and starting a fight. in 07 vs the nyg hbo did a special on the drunkest stadium in the nfl & it was the ralph.

    did the bills change when the parking lots open? cause that’s the big reason for drunkenness at games….kegs and eggs at 9am, followed by beer pong till noon, then 2 quarters of $40 20oz ‘single serving’ beers.

    the nfl isn’t concerned about fan DUIs, one of its biggest corporate sponsor is beer (hence why they’re proposing this), at least could they not pick the most watered down, disgusting beer you can buy???!!!!!

  41. pkrlvr says: Jun 11, 2014 3:43 PM

    Says a lot about our society where they’re fighting to sell morning beer. If you’re drinking at 11 a.m…game or no game, you’ve got a little problem.

  42. secrocks says: Jun 11, 2014 5:47 PM

    While I agree that morning beer is not something to fight over, the issue really is binge drinking. The argument for earlier beer sales other than profit for the team is that people tend to drink more at the tailgate in the parking lot then in the stadium. And if the stadium is not selling alcohol, the fans will stay out in the lot for as long as possible and then enter the stadium – having drunk more then they would if they were in the stadium in the first place.

  43. ivanpavlov0000 says: Jun 11, 2014 6:37 PM

    If I’m drinking beer at 11:00 am before a Lions game, I don’t have a problem. I have a solution.

    I thought the universally accepted way of limiting fans from getting too drunk (inside the stadium) was to charge a fortune for beer?

  44. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jun 11, 2014 6:38 PM

    The main reason Bill fans should be allowed to start drinking early is because of the team on the field.

  45. cavington says: Jun 11, 2014 10:25 PM

    These jokes are great. But seriously that not serving alcohol before noon is an absolute joke of a law. It is very antiquated.

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