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2018 Jim Kelly Camp scholarship winners

Posted by buffalobills.com on June 14, 2018 – 9:29 pm

The 31st annual Jim Kelly Football Camp will kick off at New Era Field on June 24 and run until June 28. The camp, which began in 1988, brings in over 500 participants each year to learn from Kelly and his knowledgeable instructors. Divided up into three different age groups, the camp allows young athletes to practice football fundamentals and develop their skills.

This year, the following individuals have been selected to receive the Jim Kelly Football Camp scholarship:

Michael A. from West Seneca, N.Y.

Joseph  F. from West Seneca, N.Y.

Skye F. from Buffalo, N.Y.

Anthony G. from Hamburg, N.Y.

Kendall G. from West Seneca, N.Y.

Maddox K. from Castile, N.Y.

Brett K. from Great Valley, N.Y.

Adam P. from Alden, N.Y.

Conor T. from Tonawanda, N.Y.

Grason W. from West Seneca, N.Y.

Congratulations!

For more information on the Jim Kelly Football Camp and for details on how to register your child, visit here.


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Bills 50 Yard Finish 5K to take place at New Era Field on June 23

Posted by buffalobills.com on June 14, 2018 – 4:27 pm

Bills fans, the 50 Yard Finish 5K will return to New Era Field on Saturday, June 23! The seventh annual event will kick off at 9 a.m., with a course that starts on Abbott Road in front of New Era Field and finishes with participants going through the player tunnel onto the 50-yard line. A Children’s Fun Mile will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Fans wishing to take part in the fun can register online by clicking here. Online registration will close the morning of Friday, June 22. Those looking to register after that time must do so in person during packet pick-up hours at the ADPRO Sports Training Center, which will take place on Friday, June 22, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 23, from 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Registration for the 5K is $40 and the Children’s Fun Mile is $15. The first 1,200 registrants will receive a race shirt and a finisher medal. Current registrants include residents from 24 different states, as well as Canada and Germany. IMPACT Sports Performance will attend to lead all runners in a prerace warmup at the start line.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Buffalo Bills Foundation and the Buffalo Sports Commission Amateur Athletics Foundation.

We look forward to seeing you at New Era Field!

For more information, please visit here.


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Season Ticket Member of the Month – June

Posted by buffalobills.com on June 13, 2018 – 3:24 pm

On Sunday mornings at 7 a.m., Anne Sischo and her husband drive an hour and a half to New Era Field from Jamestown, New York, where they spend all day tailgating and even have elaborate dinners with 50 to 60 other Bills fans. Shortly after they arrive, Sischo greets her friends with homemade cookies that she bakes for each game. Sischo and her husband tailgate until the team starts warming up, which is when they head to their seats to spend time with friends who’ve turned into family. This routine may feel familiar to the Sischo family because they have been making the trip for the past 27 years.

She explained, “We know everybody in our section so it’s like coming back to family. It’s nice to see everyone and talk about their lives.”

They enjoy the company of their friends in the stands, as well as on the field. Since their seats are in the first row, they have come to know the camera crew as well. They have been featured on television and in commercials many times and always get their photos taken. The Sischo duo truly feels at home when coming to Orchard Park.

However, the memories they’ve made at Bills games extend far beyond the action on the field. The Bills are a huge part of the family’s life and something they have always looked forward to. Sischo stressed this significantly when she explained that she is a breast cancer survivor. During her courageous battle with the disease, Sischo, who had routine treatment appointments on Thursdays, still attended games on Sundays.

“It would help me get through everything, it was really a good thing to look forward to,” she said.

It’s things like this that make being a Bills Season Ticket Member so enjoyable for Sischo. Last year, she was honored on the field as a breast cancer survivor. Of course, Sischo also likes using her Bills Bucks Card, which gives her a discount at The Bills Store. However, the most meaningful perk of being a Season Ticket Member is her supportive and dedicated account representative.

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Anne for her many years of being a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member and our Season Ticket Member of the Month for the month of June. In addition to Anne being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Month, she will receive a club seat upgrade, an autographed item and select Bills merchandise.

If you would like to nominate a Season Ticket Member of the Month, please fill out the form located here.


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Alexander’s ACES Foundation to host Bowling Benefit

Posted by buffalobills.com on May 30, 2018 – 10:30 am

An active member in the Western New York community, Bills veteran linebacker Lorenzo Alexander and his ACES Foundation will be hosting Buffalo’s Bowling Benefit on Saturday, June 9 at 12 p.m. Proceeds from the event, which will take place at Strikers Lanes in West Seneca, New York, will benefit the ACES ACCESS initiative – a program focused on collaboration and relationship building with the South Park High School Football team and The Belle Center.

For more information on how you can register to participate, please visit here.

 


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Season Ticket Member of the Month – May

Posted by buffalobills.com on May 29, 2018 – 9:09 am

Football certainly means family for Martin Bazinet, who has been a Bills Season Ticket Member since 2006 when he moved to the Toronto area from Montreal. Bazinet’s love for the Bills, however, dates back much farther. Watching the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes with his father in the 1970s, Bazinet became a big Marv Levy fan. Levy, head coach of the Alouettes at the time, led the team to two championships and was named the Coach of the Year in 1974. When Levy embarked on the next chapter of his coaching career with Buffalo in 1986, Bazinet quickly developed a passion for the Bills. Under Levy’s tutelage, the Bills won four consecutive AFC Championships in the 90s, solidifying Bazinet’s fandom forever.

Bazinet has been making memories on Sundays at New Era Field ever since. Some of his fondest include attending his first-ever Bills game with his son Charles in 2006, last season’s snow game against the Indianapolis Colts and watching the team advance to the playoffs for the first time since 1999. The Week 15 snow game featured blizzard-like conditions, which made it tough to see the field. Despite the cold and snow, Bazinet explained that it was all worth it in the end.

“Just being able to say that we were there from kickoff to the end of the game [is great],” said Bazinet.

For the duo, game days at New Era Field start several hours prior to the first snap. Driving from Canada for each home game requires them to wake up early, which not only affords them enough time to cross the border, it gives them an opportunity to set up their one-of-a-kind tailgate.

“I’m a foodie,” explained Bazinet. “I work for a spice and flavor company. My tailgates are not typical… I prepare my menu in advance. We’re talking rack of lamb, braised lamb shank, lobster roll…Depending on the weather. I like to have something that is a little bit fun. Normally I prepare extra portions because…You make friends when you’re there in the parking lot tailgating…We share and we chat.”

Over the years, Bazinet has come to enjoy the many benefits associated with his membership. Not only does he get to watch firsthand as his favorite current Bills players LeSean McCoy and Kyle Williams take the field, he truly feels that he is a part of the team.

“The stuff you guys do in terms of communication [is a great perk],” explained Bazinet. “…Receiving a letter or statement from the owners or from the team management…You do a great job of making us feel like we’re a part of it. That’s the reason why I say, ‘We’…I think of myself as one of the team members. Having season tickets plays a role in that, the commitment that is there on my end, but I feel acknowledged by the team.”

Bazinet also appreciates the user-friendly online resources available to help him with the seat relocation process. Something that he has done now three times throughout the course of his tenure, Bazinet finds it extremely convenient to be able to select available seats on his own.

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Martin for his many years of being a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member and our Season Ticket Member of the Month for the month of May. In addition to Martin being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Month, he will receive a club seat upgrade, an autographed item and select Bills merchandise.

If you would like to nominate a Season Ticket Member of the Month, please fill out the form located here.


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One Buffalo Pet Adoption event to take place June 16

Posted by Megan Zenger on May 24, 2018 – 10:00 am

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Note: We strongly encourage anyone interested in adopting a pet to fill out an adoption application prior to attending the event. Links to the applications are included at the end of this story.

Mark your calendars for the One Buffalo Pet Adoption event on Saturday, June 16, 2018! Local animal shelters and rescue groups will come together under one roof at the KeyBank Center for the area’s largest pet adoption event. Interested adopters will have the opportunity to find the “One” to complete their family.

Event Information:

Date: June 16, 2018

Time: 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.

Location: KeyBank Center

*Free parking in the KeyBank Center Parking ramp

Participating rescues and shelters (subject to change):

Each shelter and rescue group has their own adoption process and set their own fees. If you are serious about adopting at the event, please see below for our list of participating rescues and shelters and complete an application in advance of the event.  Interested adopters should bring valid ID, money to cover the adoption fee and if you rent your home, a letter from your landlord confirming you may have a pet.


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Individual game tickets on sale now

Posted by buffalobills.com on May 8, 2018 – 12:02 pm

Bills fans, the 2018 season is around the corner and what better place to watch all the action than live at New Era Field?

Individual game tickets are now available to the general public for purchase. Additionally, group tickets (12 or more) are on sale. If you are interested in taking advantage of our discounted group pricing, please call our Ticket Office at 1-877-228-4257.

Don’t miss out on the fun! Get your tickets now by clicking here.


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My One Buffalo IG tickets presale offer starts today at noon

Posted by buffalobills.com on May 7, 2018 – 8:52 am

Beginning today, Monday, May 7, at 12 p.m., fans who have downloaded the My One Buffalo mobile application can take advantage of an exclusive presale offer on individual game tickets. Located in the Bills section of the app, fans can then select the offer displayed in the menu. The presale will conclude tomorrow, Tuesday, May 8, at 10 a.m. To take advantage of this special offer, as well as gain access to the other perks associated with the My One Buffalo app, click here. Through this presale, fans can purchase up to 11 tickets.

Additionally, starting May 8, at 9 a.m., group tickets (12 or more) will be on sale. If you are interested in taking advantage of our discounted group pricing, please call our Ticket Office at 1-877-228-4257. Individual game tickets will also be available to the general public for purchase on May 8, at 12 p.m.

For more information on Bills tickets, click here.


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Bills 2018 Draft Special to air on April 25

Posted by buffalobills.com on April 24, 2018 – 9:18 am

Bills fans, it’s almost that time of year again! The NFL Draft is around the corner and so is the Bills 2018 Draft Special, presented by New Era.

The annual 30-minute special will air on Wednesday, April 25 on WKBW Channel 7 at 7 p.m. and again on MSG at 8 p.m. Throughout the show, fans will watch as Radio Voice of the Bills John Murphy and Bills Wall of Famer Steve Tasker bring you expert analysis and an in-depth look at what to expect throughout the draft.

Additionally, fans will hear directly from Bills General Manager Brandon Beane as he shares his thoughts on draft prospects and Buffalo’s plans. Assistant General Manager Joe Schoen and Director of College Scouting Terrance Gray will also give a behind-the-scenes look at how Buffalo’s draft board is put together.

For this and much more, make sure you tune in!


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Bills set on sale dates for individual game tickets

Posted by buffalobills.com on April 19, 2018 – 8:01 pm

Bills fans, mark your calendars! Not only have the Buffalo Bills released the 2018 schedule, presented by Ellicott Hotels, they’ve also announced individual game ticket information.

Beginning on Monday, May 7 at 12 p.m., fans who have downloaded the My One Buffalo mobile application can take advantage of an exclusive presale offer on individual game tickets. The presale will conclude the following day, Tuesday, May 8 at 10 a.m. To take advantage of this offer, as well as gain access to the other perks associated with the My One Buffalo app, click here.

On Tuesday, May 8 starting at 9 a.m., group tickets (12 or more) will be on sale. If you are interested in taking advantage of our discounted group pricing, please call our Ticket Office at 1-877-228-4257. Individual game tickets will also be available to the general public for purchase on May 8 at 12 p.m.

For more information on Bills tickets, click here.


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Season Ticket Member of the Month – April

Posted by buffalobills.com on April 16, 2018 – 3:58 pm

Saxon Graham, an Orchard Park native, has been proudly supporting the Buffalo Bills for over five decades. After a stint away from the region, Graham, who had season tickets in the 1960s, renewed his membership during the 1998 season and has had them ever since. Although he currently lives in Florida, Graham still makes time to come home and cheer on his favorite team. From the old Rockpile, to New Era Field, Graham has witnessed Bills history unfold and made many lasting memories over the years.

His journey as a fan has featured many highlights, including attending Buffalo’s first game in Orchard Park after the team relocated. Coming up, Graham and his wife will add a new chapter to their Bills fandom as they attend the 2018 NFL Draft in Dallas. Selected by the Bills as the Season Ticket Member to represent the organization at the event, Graham will join other members from around the NFL for the Season Ticket Member Draft Experience program.

Each year, the initiative gives the chosen members an opportunity of a lifetime. Complete with a chance to walk down the NFL Draft Red Carpet on opening night, the group also gains additional behind-the-scenes access, including an up-close look at all the action. Graham, who is excited to show off his Bills pride, can’t wait to see what happens.

“I like the direction that Beane and McDermott are taking…we’ll see what happens,” said Graham. “I used to live in Houston, so I know Dallas well but I haven’t been to Jerry’s [Jones] stadium yet.”

Congratulations, Saxon!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Saxon for his many years of being a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member and our Season Ticket Member of the Month for the month of April.

If you would like to nominate a Season Ticket Member of the Month, please fill out the form located here.


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New Era Field to light up in honor of veterans

Posted by buffalobills.com on April 13, 2018 – 3:43 pm

If you’re driving by New Era Field this evening, you’ll notice that the towers which surround Buffalo’s home playing field are lit red, white and blue. The gesture is a show of support for a group of 50 local veterans who will travel from Buffalo to Washington, D.C., on Saturday, April 14, on a special Buffalo/Niagara Honor Flight hosted by M&T Bank and the Buffalo Bills Foundation.

The group, which is made up of World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans, will make its way to D.C. to visit several national memorials built to commemorate their service. Traveling with the veterans are eight volunteers from M&T Bank, as well as Bills o-linemen Ryan Groy and Dion Dawkins.

In addition to the lights at New Era Field, the community will notice several other buildings donning the patriotic colors. On Saturday evening, to welcome the veterans home, M&T Bank, The Electric Tower, City Hall, Peace Bridge and Niagara Falls will also be lit red, white and blue.

 


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Season Ticket Member of the Month – March

Posted by buffalobills.com on March 22, 2018 – 8:51 am

Longtime Bills fan Jim Russo, has been a valued Season Ticket Member since 1970. Nearly five decades of proudly supporting his favorite team has allowed him to make countless memories. From the Comeback Game, to Buffalo’s Super Bowl appearances, Russo has cherished his time as a Bills fan.

“I went to three of the four Super Bowls,” said Russo when recalling his top moments. “Going to the Super Bowls was a pretty big thrill. I would say the first one was quite an experience with the patriotic theme…it was an emotional thing with the Whitney Houston national anthem.”

Over the years, Russo has enjoyed getting to watch many different players take the field. While his current favorite is cornerback Tre’Davious White, Russo’s all-time favorite Buffalo Bill is special teams ace Steve Tasker.

“I’m a big fan of Steve Tasker,” said Russo. “I think Steve, being a smaller guy, fits the underdog role. I think what he did in the NFL was amazing…it’s amazing the effect that a guy that size had on the games during his career.”

For Russo, attending Bills games is about spending quality time with family and making new friends.

“I go with my brother-in-law,” he said. “We chill out. I enjoy getting to the stadium early…we chill for a couple of hours before the gates open. There’s certain people that we see every Sunday, say hello [and] talk about the game coming up…We do our little review. We’ve made a lot of friends in our area.”

Additionally, Russo has come to appreciate the perks associated with his membership, such as his personal Account Representative.

“If I need something, it’s nice to know that there’s someone there,” Russo explained.

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Jim for his many years of being a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member and our Season Ticket Member of the Month for the month of March. In addition to Jim being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Month, he will receive a club seat upgrade, an autographed item and select Bills merchandise.

If you would like to nominate a Season Ticket Member of the Month, please fill out the form located here.


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St. Patrick’s Day makes me want to… SHOUT!

Posted by Megan Zenger on March 16, 2018 – 6:42 pm

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Bills fans, feeling lucky? What better way get excited for St. Patrick’s Day than by singing every Buffalonian’s favorite song. Whether you are on the train or at the parade, start the Shout song for a chance to win Bills merchandise.

Enter to win prizes by following the on-screen instructions on the Buffalo Bills Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Conditions apply, please view the Official Contest rules by clicking here.


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Bills launch Predict the Pick 2018

Posted by buffalobills.com on March 2, 2018 – 9:16 am

Bills fans, the 2018 NFL Draft is quickly approaching, which means you’ll once again have a chance to predict who Buffalo will select first!

Predict the Pick, presented by M&T Bank, gives fans a fun and exciting way to share their thoughts on the Draft by choosing the prospects they think will land with the Bills. The fans who correctly predict Buffalo’s first pick, will be entered for a chance to meet him.

To make your pick, click here.

The contest will remain open until Wednesday, April 25 at 11:59 p.m.


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Bills kick off 2018 Schedule Challenge

Posted by buffalobills.com on February 26, 2018 – 2:46 pm

Bills fans, the 2018 Schedule Challenge, presented by Ellicott Hotels, is back!

The annual contest, which officially opened today, Feb. 26, gives Bills fans an opportunity to weigh in on Buffalo’s 2018 season schedule. Fans who take the challenge will be entered for a chance to win a fun prize pack which includes, a pair of 2018 Club Season Tickets, on-field passes to the home opener and an autographed helmet!

Here’s how it works:

-Click here to begin the short quiz

-Each question that you answer correctly counts as one entry

The Schedule Challenge will remain open until Saturday, March 31 at 11:59 p.m.

Good luck, Bills fans!


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Season Ticket Member of the Month – February

Posted by buffalobills.com on February 20, 2018 – 4:12 pm

Nicholas Penna, a Hilton, New York resident and longtime Bills fan, has been a valued Season Ticket Member since 1991. Over the course of his membership, Penna has made many fond memories while attending Bills games and has even forged lasting relationships. While he’s had several exciting experiences, one that he’ll never forget is meeting his wife.

“It was the 2001 season…friends of mine knew someone who got us tickets,” said Penna when reminiscing on how they met. “My wife Candace was a server there. She was working in our section and I was with my buddy Andy [and] my father.”

After some words of encouragement from his dad, Penna introduced himself to her and the two hit it off.

“We got married in 2003,” said Penna. “Matter of fact, we had on-field passes before on-field passes were cool. We took some of our wedding photos on the field.”

Although it’s hard to top this memory, Penna has a few other favorites, including The Comeback Game and the recent snow game against the Indianapolis Colts.

“If I didn’t say The Comeback Game in 1993, I’d be lying but I’m sure everyone that was at that game… [would say that],” said Penna. “The excitement and energy [was great]. I’ve still never heard it louder.”

“Other things that stand out is the snow bowl we just had,” he explained. “I’ve never seen something like that…The only really snow game I can remember was the Divisional Playoff game against the Dolphins in 1990 – the ’90 season. It snowed pretty nicely that game but it didn’t compare to the snow that came down Dec. 10.”

Through the years, Penna has enjoyed watching some of his favorite players take the field. From running back Thurman Thomas to defensive tackle Kyle Williams and quarterback Tyrod Taylor, he’s loved every moment.

Nowadays, Penna shares his passion for the team with his family and views Sundays as an opportunity to spend quality time with them. A fireman for 17 years, Penna and company can be seen on game day wearing firemen helmets. For each Bills game, the group makes their way to Buffalo on Saturday so they can visit with Penna’s mother-in-law, who lives in Blasdell, prior to cheering on their favorite team.

Congratulations, Nicholas!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Nicholas for his many years of being a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member and our Season Ticket Member of the Month for the month of February. In addition to Nicholas being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Month, he will receive a club seat upgrade, an autographed item and select Bills merchandise.

If you would like to nominate a Season Ticket Member of the Month, please fill out the form located here.


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Bills team up with Republic Services to make environmental impact at New Era Field

Posted by buffalobills.com on January 30, 2018 – 9:07 am

This year, the Buffalo Bills once again proudly teamed up with Republic Services to make a significant impact on the environment. At each home game during the 2017-18 season, the Republic Services Blue Team collected the trash generated at New Era Field and converted it into a clean and renewable power source, such as steam and electricity. From there, the energy was used to power homes and factories in the area!

This remarkable process generated 204,635 kilowatts of renewable electricity, which was enough to power 214 homes for one month. It also saved 15,626 gallons of fuel and avoided 372.06 tons of greenhouse gases from being emitted.

For more stats on how the Bills and Republic Services made a positive impact this year, click here.


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Season Ticket Member of the Month- January

Posted by Megan Zenger on January 17, 2018 – 10:12 am

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From a small town named Albion, located in-between Buffalo and Rochester, lived a Bills fan like no other. While her peers played on the playground, Erica Kuntz attended Bills games playing in the aisles with the children surrounding her families Season Ticket Member seats. She grew up immersed in Buffalo football, cheering weekly for the team her family still loves and cherishes today.

The tradition of attending Bills games first began when her grandfather purchased Season Tickets in 1984. Since then the tickets have been passed from generation to generation, beginning with her mother and then about five years ago being passed to her. When visiting New Era Field for current games, Kuntz brings her three-year-old daughter, keeping the family tradition of Bills football alive.

As a young girl, Kuntz favored the defense particularly her all-time favorite player, defensive end Bruce Smith. While personnel have changed throughout the years, her love of defense remained the same, cheering these days for defensive tackle Kyle Williams.

As one could imagine, Kuntz has several tailgate rituals. In order to make game days feel right, Kuntz always drives her car which proudly showcases her Bills love with a custom-made license plate. After arriving at the field, Kuntz enters the gates early to watch her favorite team warmup and prepare for another one-of-a-kind day at New Era Field.

“You go to the game and start talking with the people parked near you at the tailgate,” stated Kuntz. “You give high fives to the people that are sitting by you when you score a touchdown. You really are part of this Bills family even though you are talking to people that you’ve probably never met before.”

As a Season Ticket Member, Kuntz has gotten to experience a behind the scenes look at Bills football and even announced a draft pick!

“As a Season Ticket Member, you get to go even beyond just watching the game and kind of see the inner workings of what is going on,” stated Kuntz.

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Congratulations, Erica!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Erica for her many years of being a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member and our Season Ticket Member of the Month for the month of January. In addition to Erica being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Month, she will receive a club seat upgrade, an autographed item and select Bills merchandise.

If you would like to nominate a Season Ticket Member of the Month, please fill out the form located here.


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Playoff Party at (716) Food and Sport

Posted by buffalobills.com on January 5, 2018 – 12:50 pm

Bills fans, put on your favorite game day gear and join the Playoff Party this Sunday, Jan. 7, at (716) Food and Sport!

To celebrate the Buffalo Bills making it to the postseason, (716) will have a DJ and prizes to be given away during the team’s 1:05 p.m. ET Wild Card game against Jacksonville.* Fans can enjoy huddling together to cheer on the Bills, while eating some of Buffalo’s favorite dishes. The one-of-a-kind restaurant features a 38-foot screen for the ultimate game day experience.

Don’t miss out on the fun!

*Please view the official rules here.


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