Indiana’s “Blue Law” May Leave Some Unprepared Super Bowl Revelers Alcohol-Free

Indiana’s “blue law,” which bans carryout liquor sales on Sundays, may leave some unprepared Super Bowl visitors alcohol-free, according to the Associated Press. Liquor and convenience stores cannot sell carryout alcohol from 3 a.m. Sunday until 7 a.m. Monday.

According to a spokeswoman for Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, there was never a possibility of suspending the law for Super Bowl Sunday, when the New England Patriots will be playing the New York Giants in Indianapolis.

“I’m not surprised at all,” liquor store manager Paul Thistle told the AP. “If they waive it for this event, then they have to defend themselves for not waiving it at other events. It puts them in a difficult position.” He said he has received advance orders from many visiting fans. He also plans to close two hours later than usual in the days leading up to the game.

Restaurants and taverns in Indiana can get permits to serve alcohol for consumption on the premises from 7 a.m. into the early mornings of the next day, every day including Sundays. In addition, since it is legal for adults 21 and older to walk outside with a beer or cocktail, many restaurants in the state are expanding their outside seating before the game.

One Response to Indiana’s “Blue Law” May Leave Some Unprepared Super Bowl Revelers Alcohol-Free

  1. Jim Sharp | February 3, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    I had the distinct privilege of working in the bar of Sheraton Motor Inn (no longer in existence) in Indianapolis in 1973 when a revision of Indiana’s blue laws were going into effect just as the Indy 500 was occurring. Because of some confusion about the revision, for a couple of weeks my place of employment was the only place in Indiana you could purchase alcohol on a Sunday – it was hoppin’!

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