BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — If you’ve been wondering whether or not you’ll be able to order a beer before Noon during Sunday’s London Buffalo Bills game, the answer is “no”.
The New York State Liquor Authority has received a number of requests for exceptions to be made to a law prohibiting pre-Noon Sunday alcohol sales in bars, taverns and restaurants.
The requests asked for an extension of hours allowed for bars to sell alcohol this Sunday because of the game’s start time of 9:30 a.m. EST.
The SLA has since responded to the requests for longer hours, saying that no exceptions will be made to the law, even for Sunday.
Paul Santora of Santora’s Pizza Pub & Grill told News 4, “I think that because we’re a sports bar, it would be very difficult not to be open for a Bills game. We just want to support the team. And we just want to be part of it.”
Bars and restaurants downstate were given the same answer last year, when the New York Jets played a game overseas.
Traditionally, many Bills fans go out to their favorite bar and order a drink or two while watching the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoons.
Despite no allowance for alcohol sales during the morning, some bars like (716) Food and Sport on Scott St. will still be open in time for the start of the game on Sunday. The three area Seneca casinos are another option for fans looking for somewhere to watch the game, since they are open 24 hours a day and all have sports bars inside. However, alcohol is not served there either as the NYSLA grant their licenses also.
The Bills will play against the Jacksonville Jaguars live on WIVB-TV channel 4, despite limited access nationwide.