Even though the Bills Backers of Boston Club has been going strong since 1991, this is our 20th season of watching the Bills at the Harp! 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!!
Please note that seating is first come, first served on game days at the Harp. This week the game will NOT be on network TV locally so that means get there early if you want to grab your lucky bar stool or table! 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!
- They are grey with a throwback "Standing Buffalo" Bills Backers of Boston logo.
- We have them in both Mens and Ladies styles.
- We will be selling them at the door prior to Kick Off.
- Get there early to get this LIMITED EDITION shirt! These are likely to sell out FAST this year!
WEEK 1 GIVEAWAYS!
- Grab a free Door Prize raffle ticket at this door this Sunday
- You could win some beginning of the season Kick Off Swag Mini Packages inluding: Koozies, Schedule Magnets, Bills Sunglasses, Bills Yearbooks, etc.!
CHARITY DAY UPDATE
The past 3 seasons you guys have helped us raise $11,000 for Make-A-Wish of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Holy Smokes!! It costs $8,000 to treat a child battling serious illness and their family to their Wish. As of last season, we have provided one COMPLETE WISH! We will finally know, within the week, what the Wish we granted was, stand by. . .!
This season, our Bills Backers Give Back Charity Day 2016 will be on DECEMBER 4TH during the BILLS vs. RAIDERS game at the Harp. Mark your calendars now for this awesome event. We are exactly $5,000 away from granting another complete Wish; that's our goal for this season! Last year we raised $4,300, let's raise the bar and grant a second Wish!
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 or the attached PDF:
NEW THIS YEAR: A Breakfast Sandwich (Fried Egg, Canadian Bacon, Vermont Cheddar on a Portuguese Muffin, yum!)
- All your favorites from last year will be back including: the Bills Burger on Weck, Fried Bologna, Chicken Fingers, 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!
We'll be handing out our 2016 season membership cards on Sundays. These cards get you 10% off all regular menu food items anytime you visit The Harp, not just on Bills gamedays. (not valid on gameday special menu) Be sure to show your card to save!
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, or Tim Sweeney) to address the issue. You can usually find us sitting at the Main Bar, on the corner closest to the front door.
We just want to remind everyone to keep an eye on their belongings, and if you see anyone behaving strangely or in a manner contrary to the celebratory game day environment, please let us know. 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. Many thanks!
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!
To those of you new to the area, Massachusetts laws prohibit “happy hour” pricing of alcoholic drinks, so we’re unable to offer wristband specials like McFaddens in NYC. However we do offer a discounted gameday bar menu (see link above) that’s got some WNY favorites like wings, fried bologna, and garbage plate pizza!
Of course The Harp’s regular full menu is also available each Sunday. The Harp will 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 (…thanks Beacon Hill).
Mailing List - 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 (there's an entry form on the main page). 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.
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.
Stay tuned each week for details. The membership cards will be handed out over the first couple weeks. Later this season we’ll be doing our annual Mighty Taco Day and Beef on Weck Charity Day (December 4th, mark your calendar!) Stay tuned to our emails for details.
Reminder: 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 Sunday’s 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 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!
Cheers and see you all Sunday!
Your Bills Backers Committee: Kristen, Chris, Jeff, George, Tim, and Mike!