PELHAM, N.Y. The NFL season kicked off when the Saints played the Packers Thursday night and bars in Pelham were ready for that game and the 15 others that will be played Sunday and Monday.
Barbara Schafer, bartender at the Public House Sports Bar on Fifth Avenue, said many regular customers from Pelham and New Rochelle will flock to the bar for the games on Sunday. The bar does not serve food, but that doesn't deter the patrons.
"Everybody more or less knows each other," Shafer said. "People bring food and they really make it a homey kind of thing, like hanging out in your living room."
The bar has 10 televisions and an eight-foot screen in the back room complete with NFL Sunday Ticket so all customers can root for their favorite teams. The season started Thursday, but Shafer said the flooding in the county could have caused fewer people to come through the door.
"It's hard to say with the parkways that are being closed," Shafer said. "But I'm sure the first Sunday will be good."
Paul McKenna, owner of B&B's 5th Avenue Pub, prepared for the season in his own way. McKenna added four new televisions to the bar and also has the NFL Sunday Ticket package. Still, he said the sport is not what brings people to the bar.
"Football's not really the draw, but it's a nice enhancement," McKenna said.
The bar still has plenty of regular patrons who come to watch football games. A large, multi-colored sheet on one of the walls depicts the results of a fantasy football draft the bar held Sunday.
McKenna said the rush of customers for the opening weekend of football is never as great as he expects, but he thinks more people will come to the bar to watch as the weather gets colder. He also said Thursday night's game should bring in some customers despite the wet weather earlier in the week.
"I think we'll get a good bar crowd tonight now that everyone's done pumping their basement," McKenna said.
Contact Pelham reporter Andrew Meola at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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