Bills Training Camp is again at St. John Fisher, but when fans arrive they’ll notice a big change with respect to the grass fields. There aren’t two 100-yard fields anymore.
Over the past year the college chose to build an all weather track around most of the perimeter of where the two grass practice fields used to be. The length of the field inside the track was not sufficient for a regulation field, so Bills head coach Chan Gailey chose to horizontal and have a pair of 50-yard fields instead with one end zone each.
“It’ll be more of a challenge than it was last year, but it’ll be do-able,” Gailey said. “We’ve adjusted it to have two half fields, so that we can work more offense, defense and if you can change in to the field you’re working on you can not wear out one area and I think get our job done. We can use the stadium field and we’ll probably use it a little bit more than we have, especially for our full field special teams stuff. That’s where that will have to take place. There will be some transition. It’ll be different, but we understood that going in that it was going to be a transition year for them because of the changes they’ve made over there.”
Here’s a shot of one of the half fields the Bills will be working on. You can see the all weather track around it. For reference the two grass fields that used to be there were lined perpendicular to the way this field is lined one next to the other. The other photo shows the grandstand that was built for track events that Bills fans will be able to use.
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