The fanfare surrounding Saturday night's boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor is immense. Can "Money" Mayweather emerge from retirement to remain unbeaten, or will he be knocked from his throne by a fierce Irishman, Mixed Martial Arts challenger Conor McGregor?
The pay-per-view price is $89.95 for regular definition and $99.95 for hi-def, which equals the regrettable Mayweather-Pacquiao bout of 2015. Mayweather won that bout in 12 rounds by unanimous decision, then breezed through one more clash before announcing his retirement. There's a worthy ESPN the Magazine feature on McGregor here.
It's not cheap for bar owners to order the pay-per-view package. Sidelines co-owner Adam Collura noted that his bar paid $3,500 for the rights to show the fight, which is determined by the fire code's limit for the business, as Deadspin explained in advance of the 2015 bout.
The main card rolls at 9 p.m., but the Mayweather-McGregor tilt won't rumble until around 11:55. Here's a peek around town at the bars showing the match a lot cheaper, per person, than renting for your personal enjoyment.
• The Acropolis: The Elmwood Avenue Greek restaurant-bar boasts 17 TVs and a projector setup, according to its Facebook page. The cover is $20 to attend, and festivities begin at 8 p.m. Space appears to be quite limited.
• Sidelines, 189 Delaware Ave.: The downtown sports bar will charge a $20 cover, which begins at 8 p.m. and there's no pre-sale opportunity.
• Doc Sullivan's, 474 Abbott Road: $10 cover at the door, beginning at 8 p.m. Limited table space is available, but there's plenty of standing room.
• Rusty Buffalo, 270 Center Road, West Seneca: Tables have been fully booked for a few days, but there are limited pre-sale tickets available at the bar for $15 on Friday. If those sell out, there will not be tickets available at the door. If any remain on Saturday night, the cost will be $20.
• (716) Food and Sport, 7 Scott St.: The HarborCenter restaurant already has booked its tables fully, but there's still 150 bar stools total across three bars and plenty of standing room. There is no cover for standing room or sitting at the bar.
• Seneca Niagara Casino, 310 4th St., Niagara Falls: To reserve a table, the cost is $15, with wristbands doled out at 6 p.m. at the entrance to Stir. All of the casino's TVs - including the 40' x 20' screen - will be tuned in to the bout, however, and viewing otherwise is free. Drink specials include $5 Bud and Bud Lights.
• Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, 1 Fulton St.: Free to watch, according to the website, with $3.50 cans of Bud and Bud Light all day long.
• Buffalo Wild Wings: One of the three locations - 1620 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda - will show the fight; the cover cost is $20. According to Bloomberg, BWW would have spent $5,100 per restaurant to air the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout on its TVs, but the national chain opted against it.
[A previous version of this article indicated that all three Buffalo Wild Wings in Western New York would televise the fight - that is incorrect.]
• Bada Bing, 42 W. Chippewa St.: The Chippewa bar has yet to establish a cover charge - those details will be released Saturday, likely via Facebook - but a representative from the restaurant-bar confirmed that they will air the fight.
• Sheridan Park VFC, 738 Sheridan Dr., Tonawanda: The bar opens at 7 p.m. and will offer $2 beers and $3 mixed drinks. There is no cover listed.
• Englewood Bar & Grill, 850 Englewood Ave., Tonawanda. There's no cover charge listed, but expect drink specials and 50-cent wings.