Bills hope to sell beer earlier during home games

Bills hope to sell beer earlier during home games
June 11, 2014, 2:30 pm
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Planning on heading out to Buffalo for the Patriots game on Oct. 12? There's a chance you'll be able to start what Tom Brady might call "the lubrication process" inside the stadium a bit earlier. 

According to the Buffalo News, the Bills are looking to pass a new law that would allow them to start selling beer an hour earlier during home games. The current law allows for beer sales to begin at noon for a 1 p.m. game at Ralph Wilson Stadium. 

New York Assemblyman Sean Ryan has been approached by the team to present what the Buffalo News calls a "last-minute piece of legislation."


“The general purpose is to restore some of the family environment to the stadium and downgrade a little bit of the emphasis on tailgating,” Ryan said.

Proponents of the bill say that allowing alcohol sales earlier in the day inside the stadium would provide a more controlled drinking environment. And by drawing in bigger crowds earlier in the day, of course, it would provide the team with an opportunity to sell more of their other concessions. 

A similar bill was presented two years ago but it was not passed because the law may have harmed small businesses in the same area of the stadium.