We’ve been waiting months for this, (and we know you have too!) and it feels great to finally say it… Week 1 of BUFFALO BILLS FOOTBALL is here!!! We are PUMPED that so many new members have joined our mailing list and Facebook group in the offseason, and can’t wait to welcome you to the Harp on Sunday for the Bills Backers of Boston’s 21st season.
And as if you need to get more jacked up, the Bills Rap is back! http://www.nickmendola.com/lets-go-bills-rap-2012-wk1-v-jets/
This week’s email is going to be a little longer so we can tell our new members a bit about Sundays at the Harp, and get our longtime faithful up to speed on some new changes we’re trying out for the start of this season (we promise to keep it shorter for the rest of season). Many of these changes came from suggestions and feedback in our offseason survey, and are always up to further evaluation. If there’s something not working well, or any suggestions you have for improvement, let us know via email, facebook message or in person on Sunday, and we’ll be happy to see what we can do.
The Harp’s at 85 Causeway Street across from North Station and the 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 with an additional bar and seating downstairs. We’ll have both floors open for the first few weeks this year to give as much seating as possible, and will keep it open if needed as the season goes on. 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 game on in HD with audio. 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. 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. All other TVs in the bar will have the Bills game on. We’ll also have our DJ back to help with announcements and drown out the all the Geico and male enhancement commercials with some tunes, and blast SHOUT when we score to annoy all the Pats fans nearby.
As mentioned in our earlier email, based on your feedback we’re trying something new and forgoing the free buffet for a discounted bar menu. This way people can maximize their time at the tables and not have to wait in line for the buffet at the end of the 1st half. We’ve attached a copy of the “bar menu” for reference, and we’ll have it posted at tables and throughout the bar on Sundays.
Of course The Harp’s regular full menu is also available each Sunday. The Harp has stepped up to offer a 10% discount on all regular menu food orders to all members of our group. This will be valid ANYTIME you visit the Harp, not just on Sundays. We’ll be handing out FREE membership cards to use for this discount on Sunday; just show the card to redeem the discount. Please note: discount does NOT apply to drink orders. We tried but the politicians on Beacon Hill won't allow it. Also, we will ask you for an email address in exchange so we can keep you informed and "in the loop".
We realize this a big change from past years, but we hope the discount cards and cheaper bar menu help offset the loss of the free buffet. We’re going to try it for a few weeks to see how it works. Please let us know what you think!
If you’re getting this message you’re probably already signed up, but if you’re not on our mailing list, visit www.bostonbillsbackers.com to add your email address (it’s on the top left side). It’s the best way to stay up to date on any specials events or offseason happenings (ie. Sabres games).
We’ll be posting event photos, information and other WNY related stuff to our Facebook page throughout the year. Go to www.facebook.com/BostonBillsBackers
And whereas the Facebook page which is more informational, the Facebook group is for all of our members to contribute. Feel free to post photos, videos, articles or anything else that you think our WNY crowd would enjoy. Go to www.facebook.com/groups/BostonBillsBackers
Mark your calendars for Charity Day (w/ Beef on Weck) on December 2 vs the Jaguars, and the 3rd annual Mighty Taco Day on October 21 vs the Titans. We’ll also be doing special giveaways or theme days throughout the year (ie. ZUBAZ!). Stay tuned to our emails for details.
Last but not least, we want to help make the gameday experience something you all enjoy. If there’s an issue or someone is causing a problem on gameday, let one of the planning committee know (Jeff Crump, Chris Salemi, George Pacil and Tim Sweeney) and we’ll work with The Harp staff to resolve the issue. We’re generally by the lower bar, but we’ll introduce ourselves this Sunday so you know our faces. Also feel free to let us know if you have any feedback, suggestions, or ways to improve Sunday’s at the Harp. We’re always open to new ideas, and love it when somebody comes up with a great new cheer, celebration, or tradition for the group.
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!