May 19, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Brian Boyle (22) screens Montreal Canadiens goalie Dustin Tokarski (35) during the second period in game two of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal bar owners sue Bell Centre over viewing party

The Montreal Canadiens are hosting a viewing party at the Bell Centre for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The building will be opened to fans with the game being displayed on all large screens in the building. A portion of ticket sales is donated to charity. Although a great way to unite fans, local bar owners are peeved.

There is no competing with the ambiance of such a viewing party and it is affecting business for bar owners in the area.

The Montreal Gazette originally reported on the topic, stating that a group of local business owners have filed a suit with the liquor board claiming lost sales.

“They’re selling beer and they’re making profit off the beer,” Peter Sergakis, owner of Station des Sports, said. “Because they’re giving the money to charity, it doesn’t give them the right to sell beer without being allowed to do that.”

The complaint originated in May after Game 7, but was not responded to at the time.

“We still believe the event was held according to the rules,” said Joyce Tremblay, a spokesperson for the Régie des alcools. “But now, there is a court order forcing us to hold a hearing about the May 14 event.”

Apparently Sergakis would be OK with the event if alcohol were not permitted.

Tickets are currently on sale for $10 and the event is expected to happen as planned.

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  • Basile2012

    Those bars should shut up, if they deprive the fans of their games in super great screens; guess who’s going to get it, in a celebration or rally. The names will be remembered. Greedy for a few nights in the whole year, come on…., is it the bars or the mob? Thats two different things you know. I wouldn’t go to a bar who sued my team for that after for the rest of summer, what ever the outcome.

    • calgjay

      “Celebration or rally”…. just say it, you mean riot, which moron fans and bound to light up win or lose.