Some San Franciscans may not be too pleased to hear about Mayor Ed Lee's plans to limit liquor sales before the Super Bowl. In an effort to avoid the rioting and vandalism that occurred after the World series, Lee doesn't want to issue an outright Super Bowl alcohol ban, but he is encouraging business owners to;
"...serve something (other) than heavy alcohol during times of celebration, because that inebriation sometimes doesn't help with people who want to maybe go beyond the bounds of acceptability in their celebration."
On Jan. 24, the San Francisco Chronicle attempted to explain Mayor Ed Lee's reasoning behind his suggestion of limiting hard alcohol on Super Bowl Sunday.
"When it comes to celebrating the Super Bowl, Mayor Ed Lee is suggesting that safety might be best served by restricting hard alcohol."
Although many business owners may disagree with the mayor's plans, the general consensus seems to be in favor of the proposal. Adam DeMezza, co-owner of the Giordano Brother's sandwich and sports bar says, "It's a good idea, but it's going to be a tough sell."
While the money generated from alcohol sales during the Super Bowl is a major boost for local restaurants and bars, limiting sales may be a deciding factor when preventing potential rioting and chaos.
American fans have been known to angrily celebrate the successes of their teams. This is particularly increased when excessive alcohol consumption is involved. Some may recall the chaotic scenes of euphoric fans celebrating the Giants victory in the World Series. The streets of California were flooded with hundreds of fans (many of which were drunk) which ultimately lead to riots across the city.