BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — During an emergency meeting, the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board voted to extend bar hours for LSU and Southern University home games.

If passed by the East Baton Rouge Metro Council, the resolution will allow Class A bars in East Baton Rouge Parish to close at 3 a.m. This only applies for LSU and Southern home games that kick off at 5 p.m. or later.

ABC Chairman Scott Wilfond says the call to action comes after a nightmare of traffic during the LSU and Southern historic game. He says a resolution like this can help with contraflow and traffic.

Jason Nay, the owner of Fred’s in Tigerland, is standing by the resolution. Originally the ABC board proposed bars can stay open for all home games no matter the time of the game. Nay says staying open later helps ease off the rush inside businesses and on roads.

“I’ll take what I can get, really,” said Nay “For Ubers to catch up, for crowds not to all come in at one time, but trickle in, trickle out. That’s always good, makes us more efficient.”

East Baton Rouge councilmembers Aaron Moak and Denise Amoroso sat in on Thursday’s meeting. Councilman Moak says he needs data on safety and economics before making a decision. But the board wants to get this approved this football season.

“Do I think it’s moving a little fast? Yes, I do,” said Moak. “I understand it, but if we need to back it down, let’s slow it down. And let’s take our time with it and get the right information that we need.”

The ABC called an emergency meeting in order to approve and put the resolution at the next Metro Council meeting. The resolution was passed in a 4-3 vote. Emergency items must have a unanimous vote to be heard at the next city council meeting.

Advocates against drunk driving also have their concerns.

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving Louisiana, drunk driving deaths increased by 83 percent in East Baton Rouge Parish in 2020.

“Having a uniform closing time also helps deter people from other parishes driving into East Baton Rouge for that one last drink at bars with a later closing time,” said Sunny House, executive director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving Louisiana.

Sunny House sent the following letter to the ABC Board:

If approved by city leaders, this will only apply to the 2022-2023 football season.

The East Baton Rouge Metro Council will hear this item in October.