Lawmaker seeks earlier beer sales at Bills games

A general view of Ralph Wilson Stadium during an NFL football game between the Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)
A general view of Ralph Wilson Stadium during an NFL football game between the Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – A western New York lawmaker is pushing a bill that would allow beer sales at Ralph Wilson Stadium an hour earlier on game days.

Democrat Sean Ryan is pushing for alcohol sales at 11 a.m. on Sundays, instead of noon. Current state law prohibits beer sales before noon on Sundays at stadiums.

Ryan says opening the taps would attract more than tailgaters.

He released this statement Wednesday:

“Allowing beer sales to begin at 11a.m. at Ralph Wilson Stadium is way to begin to address New York’s antiquated blue laws. In addition to sponsoring legislation to change beer sales at the Ralph, I will also be co-sponsoring legislation by Assemblymember Benedetto which would allow for alcohol sales to begin at 11am on Sundays for establishments across New York State. These are common sense changes which will reform prohibition-era laws that are a hindrance to both the Buffalo Bills and local bars and restaurants.”

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