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Open up beer sales an hour earlier to encourage fans to drink less? I get what their idea behind this is but it is just stupid. People that want to drink are gonna drink no matter what.

I think it is more to increase sales than it is about encouraging less drinking.

Two NY state senators pushing for earlier beer sales in Buffalo

Posted by Josh Alper on June 26, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

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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.

fballguy says: Jun 26, 2012 6:07 PM

You mean I can pay $10 a beer an hour earlier? Where do I sign up!

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Seriously what the **** was wrong with our forfathers and law writers. In personal experience, living in alabama during my twenties.. getting drunk when I wanted was never a problem. It took alot of planning, and trips to florida. If you don't want people to drink, ban it completely, or lift it altogether.

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As mentioned, if you want to drink you will find a way. In my younger days I'd stuff six miniature whiskeys inside both sox and walk right in. Mixed with giant coke till they were gone. By then I was gone.

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I cannot imagine watching a BUCS game drinking. I never could understand the great allure of drinking at your favorite teams' game. Don't you want to remember what you saw? Well, not so much in my case last season, but you get my point. I see people drunk as ****, barfing all over and making complete fools of themselves while at Ray Jay. WHY?

I use to love beer, Gin and my fav. Jack Daniels, Jim Beam or Wild Turkey, but after 28 years of not drinking and seeing the way most people act after they've had a few I still have absolutely NO desire.

Even in my 20's before I stopped drinking, I never drank at a BUCS game and the few times I did at home watching away games with friends over, I always felt like I had missed something the next day.

Believe me, I have no problem with people drinking, it's a personal choice. My kids are all adults now and drink, and for the most part drink responsibly.

No judgement here, I only ask that if you're going to, try and use a little consideration for those around you who aren't.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLH4Z1Hmd4s&feature=player_detailpage

WRW at the BUCS-Skins game in 2010.

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Beer drinkers should always be aware and position themselves close to a relief valve............me, I have that urinal phobia....can't piss with 15 dudes standing behind me................That's why I do the herb prior to kickoff........smuggle a taste in as well.

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Beer drinkers should always be aware and position themselves close to a relief valve............me, I have that urinal phobia....can't piss with 15 dudes standing behind me................That's why I do the herb prior to kickoff........smuggle a taste in as well.

We were at a game about 5 years ago, sitting in our regular seats in section 112 row a, right on the field and my daughter nudges me and says, "Somebody just lit up a joint". We looked around and couldn't see who was smokin' but we all smelled it BIG TIME. I've got some big balls, but nothin' like that. More power to ya Yard, just be careful, Big Brother's EVERYWHERE!wink.png

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