Well after a rather unorthodox preseason and a game of quarterback roulette, the Bills will take on the Jets at home to open the season! You should get down to the Harp to watch it with 300ish or so of your closest friends! We are so grateful to the managment and staff at the Harp for not just providing us a space to celebrate and commiserate, but for providing us with such a kick ass game day experience!!
Here are the WEEK 1 Details:
Sunday, September 10th
Game at 1pm
BILLS vs. JETS
Doors at the Harp open at 11am
Please note that seating is first come, first served on game days at the Harp. Table seating is also first come, first served, but if you opt to enjoy the game from a table, we highly encourage you to peruse the delicious Harp menu and grab some bites to eat while you watch! If you know you only want to snag a beer or few, consider grabbing a spot at the bar or at one of the standing room rails!
WHAT'S HAPPENING WEEK 1??
T-SHIRTS and LADIES TANKS
We have a fresh new shirt design for this year, nothing like we have ever offered before so obviously everyone needs one!
- Tees and Tanks will be sold at the door prior to Kickoff. Should there be any leftover at Kickoff, we will open up shop at halftime again.
- They are going to go FAST so please get there early to get your desired size and quantity!
- Both the tees and the tanks are each $15
- CASH ONLY PLEASE! Please plan to bring cash with you, or there is a Bank of America ATM steps from the Harp.
For the Guys:
We have a super soft, grey, tri-blend tee coming in sizes S-3X. We added a few 3X sizes this year for our tall guy members! Again, get there early to get your pick of sizes!
For the Ladies:
We brought back the super popular flowy racerback tank in a charcoal grey! Fitted on the top, and flowy on the bottom, it's a a perfect style for all. Ladies tanks come in sizes XS-2X.
Our friends from Labatt will be at the Harp with us Week 1. They will be at the front door to greet you with some games, prizes, and giveaways! Stop by and say hi and maybe get some cool Labatt swag!
The Bills Backers of Boston now has an official Instagram account! Follow us at bostonbillsbackers for the latest up to date information on what's going on at the Harp week to week; updates on contests, prizes, and special events; and maybe even some exclusive contests for Instagram followers!
A Quick Charity Day Update!
As many of you know, as of last season we have rasied $16,500 for Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island and have granted 2 complete Wishes! For our first Wish, we sent a little girl named Alison to Disney World to spend a week free from medical worries and full of her favorite princesses. We should know the detais of our second Wish in the next couple weeks! So far, our pre-season Ticket Prize Raffle raised $550 towards this year's charitable efforts. Our Bills Backers Give Back Charity Day this year will be on December 10th so mark your calendars now so you don't miss out!
Here's your general, beginning of the season, run down on Game Day operations at the Harp:
GAME DAY FOOD AND DRINK
Check out this year's updated gameday menu at this link:
NEW THIS YEAR: A Sausage, Peppers, and Onions Sandwich on a Toasted Baguette with Chipotle Aioli!
* Fan favorites from last year will be back including: the Breakfast Sandwich, the Bills Burger on Weck, Buffalo Chicken Wrap, Garbage Plate Pizza, Tots, and Wings!
* Of course, we will still have some awesome specials on beer including the always clutch $12 Pitcher of Blue Light!
BUFFALOVE AND RESPECT!
WNY'ers are known for their mid-western sensibility and respect/friendliness towards others. We ask that you please keep the game day environment enthusiastic, but respectful. Please treat all patrons, servers, managers, door staff, and our awesome DJ with respect at all times. If you have a problem, or see someone being disrespectful, please find one of your Bills Backers Committee Members (Chris Salemi, Kristen Salemi, Jeff Crump, Mike Hedges, George Pacil, Tim Sweeney, or Aimee O'Connell) to address the issue. You can usually find us sitting at the Main Bar, on the corner closest to the front door or selling t-shirts and/or raffle tickets at the door. When in doubt, ask a member of the staff to direct you to one of us.
We want to remind everyone to keep an eye on your belongings, and if you see anyone behaving strangely or in a manner contrary to the celebratory game day environment, please let us know. Disrespectful or inappropriate behavior of any kind will NOT be tolerated. We love decorating the bar and want people to enjoy the game day experience, and we appreciate all of you who make it such a fun and friendly place to be each Sunday.
NEW MEMBER INFO
The Harp’s at 85 Causeway Street across from North Station and the TD Garden. It’s generally not too hard to find street parking in the area on Sunday morning, unless there’s an event at the Garden, when you’ll often have to pay for parking in a ramp or lot due to the crowd. The Center Plaza garage (on Congress Street across from City Hall) usually has $10-all-day parking on Sundays. Public transportation options are the Commuter Rail and Green or Orange T lines to North Station, with a quick two block walk to The Harp.
The Harp will open up at 11am on Sundays. There are 2 bars and seating upstairs. Please feel free to seat yourself, just note that it’s first-come, first-serve. Obviously watching the game is the #1 priority, but if you are seated please take advantage of the awesome wait staff to order some food/beverages from the Harp’s menu.
As always, we’ll have the Bills game on in HD with audio on most of the TVs. Some special TVs for other games:
- Out of Town Games on TVs above front Windows: Want to keep posted on your fantasy team, or have a fan of another team in your group? No problem. The Harp has set aside the 3 TVs above the front windows to show other games around the league. Want a particular game on? Just ask one of the staff to see if they are able to accomodate your request. For those sitting in that upper bar area, the Bills game will most likely not be on these 3 TVs to accommodate the other games, but there is a large screen directly opposite them above the bar that will have the Bills on.
Back Bar Area: The small TV above the rear bar and the TV by the fire escape are available for out of town games if interested as well. Just ask the staff to see if they are able to accomodate.
All other TVs in the bar will have the Bills game on. We’ll also have our DJ back to help with announcements and entertain us at Half Time and during commercial breaks!
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We want to help make the game day experience something you all enjoy. If there’s an issue or someone is causing a problem on game day, let one of your Bills Backers Committee Members know (Chris Salemi, Kristen Salemi, George Pacil, Jeff Crump, Mike Hedges, or Tim Sweeney) and we’ll work with The Harp staff to resolve the issue. Also feel free to let us know if you have any feedback, suggestions, or ways to improve Sundays at the Harp. Drop us an email, direct message on twitter, facebook message, or just say hi on Sundays. We’re always open to new suggestions!
STAY CONNECTED FOR MANY MORE SURPRIZES AND GIVEAWAYS ALL SEASON LONG!
Welcome to all our new members, and welcome back to all our longtime faithful. Thanks for your support of the group, and helping turn The Harp into “a little 716 in the 617” every Bills gameday! Come circle the wagons with us!
Your Bills Backers Committee,
Jeff, George, Kristen, Tim, Mike, Chris, and Aimee