Bandera Late Night Bingo
Address: 5810 Bandera Rd, San Antonio, TX 78238
Phone: (210) 682 – 6000
Sunday – Thursday
Doors Open at 8:30 PM
Session 1: 10:50 PM
Session 2: 12:05 AM
Three sessions on Thursdays!
Session 3: 1:15 AM
Friday – Saturday
Doors Open at 9:30 PM
Session 1: 11:50 PM
Session 2: 1:05 AM
Three sessions on Fridays!
Session 3: 2:15 AM
‘While You Were Sleeping’: Late night bingo returns with new rules
Masks, hand sanitizer now part of the game
Katrina Webber, Crime Fighters Reporter
SAN ANTONIO – The numbers on the lucky balls at Ingram Late Night Bingo now share the spotlight with the numbers on the thermometer.
A security guard pays especially close attention to those, checking all players as they enter the hall.
“Temperature checks. We have to do temperature checks all the time,” said Michael Garcia who has been managing the bingo hall on the overnight shift for quite some time.
KSAT 12 News featured Garcia and the establishment last year, prior to the coronavirus pandemic.
At that time, the crew at the bingo hall near Loop 410 and Ingram Road was focused on making sure everyone had a good time and stayed awake through the games, which can run until 2 or 3 a.m. some nights.
With the business’ recent reopening after the quarantine, no one is gambling with safety.
The game rules now include using hand sanitizer and practicing social distancing.
Masks also are a must for almost everyone inside the hall.
“The (number) caller’s away from everyone. They’re not gonna be close so it just makes sense that they take off the mask so they say the numbers like that,” Garcia said.
Even at the overnight games, Garcia said, most of the customers seem to be taking the new rules in stride.
Bertina Woody said she was practicing her own form of social distancing even before the outbreak. She always chooses the table at the very back of the room.
“Usually, I have two tables,” she said. “But with COVID, everything is downsized.”
Woody said the late night bingo games are her temporary escape from everyday life.
As a single mom, she has few opportunities for entertainment.
“Usually it’s work and taking care of the kids,” Woody said. “Then I can get them situated and I can come to bingo and relax and have a good time.”
With the coronavirus remaining a threat, the staff is focused on offering a good and safe time to their customers.
That way, even if they don’t hit the jackpot, everyone can go home a winner.
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About the Authors:
Katrina Webber was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas.
Tim has been a photojournalist and video editor at KSAT since 1998. He came to San Antonio from Lubbock, where he worked in TV and earned his bachelor’s degree in Electronic Media and Communication from Texas Tech University. Tim has won a handful of awards and has earned a master’s in Strategic Communication and Innovation from Tech as well.Late night bingo has reopened but players have to keep some new coronavirus-related rules in mind. ]]>