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50-50 raffle winner from Bills-Vikings game announced

Posted by Buffalobills.com on August 18, 2017 – 4:31 pm

The Buffalo Bills Foundation is proud to announce that Jerry Moore from Bradford, Pennsylvania, has won the 50-50 raffle for the Bills-Vikings game. The jackpot was $27,335, with a winning ticket for $13,668.

As a Bills Season Ticket Member since 2010, Moore has made a habit of buying 50-50 raffle tickets each game. After many years of playing the raffle, Moore is thrilled to have finally won. “I didn’t think it was mine; I didn’t believe it,” stated Moore. Moore and his wife will be taking a trip to Disney in a few weeks with his prize earning.


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Ellicott Hotels selects winner for season ticket giveaway

Posted by Buffalobills.com on August 10, 2017 – 11:53 am

Ellicott Hotels selected Deanna Russo as this year’s Season Ticket Giveaway winner. Deanna was randomly selected from tens of thousands of entries to win four 2017 season tickets in the Jim Kelly Club.

When Deanna saw the sweepstakes on the Buffalo Bills Facebook page, she thought “Why not?  I probably won’t win, but let’s enter anyhow!”  She was wrong!

Winning this giveaway is very exciting for Deanna.  “Football is in my blood” she says. Deanna has been a Bills fan her entire life, watching every game with great hope and pride in her team.

Deanna plans on sharing her tickets with her husband and father, also die-hard Bills fans. Deanna is giving her father a special birthday gift this year – the opportunity to attend the Bills vs. Broncos game on September 24.

Thank you to Ellicott Hotels for providing this Bills fan free season tickets! To learn more about Ellicott Hotels, visit ellicotthotels.com.

 


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The Return of the Blue + Red – Weather Advisory

Posted by Buffalobills.com on August 4, 2017 – 12:20 pm

Please be advised that there is inclement weather in today’s forecast for The Return of the Blue + Red practice, presented by Bud Light at New Era Field.  The practice time remains scheduled for 5:30 pm. If severe weather in the area becomes a safety concern there may be a rain delay during practice or cancellation at that time. Please check buffalobills.com, Buffalo Bills Twitter or our Buffalo Bills Facebook page throughout the day for updates.


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‘Amerks Day’ at Bills Training Camp to be held on Aug. 2

Posted by Buffalobills.com on August 1, 2017 – 2:54 pm

Each year Bills Training Camp, presented by Connors & Ferris, offers fans an exciting variety of fun fit for the whole family. On Wednesday, Aug. 2, the local Rochester Americans will host their first ‘Amerks Day,’ from St. John Fisher College. The exciting event will feature The Instigators radio show, live on location with co-hosts and former Amerks Andrew Peters and Martin Biron.

Several Amerks alumni, head coach Chris Taylor and Hall of Famers Jody Gage and Don Stevens, will be joining the broadcast. Fans will have the opportunity to meet some of the special guests, as they sign autographs in the Amerks Booth inside the Vendor Tent.  Those who purchase or renew their Amerks season tickets for the 2017-18 season during the event will automatically be entered for a chance to win an Amerks backpack cooler – filled with team merchandise, autographed items and more.

You won’t want to miss out! For more information on Amerks Day, click here.


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Bills 2017 special fundraising offer

Posted by Buffalobills.com on July 31, 2017 – 11:44 am

The Buffalo Bills are now offering a special fundraising opportunity for select regular season games. Western New York organizations and youth sports teams have the chance to sell Bills tickets at a discounted rate. For each ticket sold, the participating organization will then receive $5 back.

Through this initiative, you will save up to $42 off current ticket prices.

For more information, please contact Sara Beth Fisher, Bills Assistant Ticket Sales Manager, at 716-312-8917 or at sarabeth.fisher@bills.nfl.net.


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‘The Return of the Blue + Red’ presented by Bud Light to feature interactive area

Posted by Buffalobills.com on July 29, 2017 – 11:09 am

The Bills will be back at New Era Field on Friday, Aug. 4 for ‘The Return of the Blue + Red,’ presented by Bud Light. The event will give fans a live look at Head Coach Sean McDermott’s squad running drills and prepping for the season. The exciting evening will also feature an appearance by Billy Buffalo and an interactive and family-friendly area for fans to enjoy. Located inside the gates near The Bills Store, the space will have football interactives, mini golf, lawn games, a rock wall and much more!

Tickets for the event are complimentary and are available for pick up at The Bills Store located at New Era Field from July 28 until Aug. 3 – with a limit of four per person. Starting Aug. 1 the store will be open from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sunday. A limited number of tickets will also be available through the My One Buffalo mobile app. Check the ‘My Tickets’ section in the app for more details.

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and parking is free.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there, Bills fans!


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Bills to live stream on buffalobills.com

Posted by Buffalobills.com on July 25, 2017 – 9:56 am

Bills fans, interested in watching press conferences and other major Bills events live? We’ve got you covered!

Kicking off on Thursday, July 27 from Bills Training Camp, presented by Connors & Ferris, ‘Bills Live’ will allow you to stay connected with the team. Streaming on buffalobills.com and the Bills Mobile App, presented by M&T Bank, fans will be able to watch each of head coach Sean McDermott’s Training Camp press conferences live.

Additional live streams will take place during the following Training Camp practices:

  • July 27 at 5:30 p.m.
  • August 1 at 8:45 a.m.
  • August 4 at 5:30 p.m.

Don’t miss out! Click here to download the Bills Mobile App now.


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Season Ticket Member of the Month – July

Posted by Buffalobills.com on July 24, 2017 – 3:46 pm

For Ray Harris, being a Bills fan is a family affair. Harris, originally from Western Canada and currently residing in Ontario, went to his first game with his wife in 1969 and has been a loyal fan ever since. Each home game, Harris or his children, make the commute to loyally cheer on their favorite NFL team.

Around the time when the Bills moved to their current home in Orchard Park, Harris solidified his love of football and purchased season tickets, which he still has today, decades later. Going to games was more than just a chance to cheer on his all-time favorite player, QB Jim Kelly, who he has the utmost respect for. Game days were spent with his wife, family, and friends they made over the years through a common love of Bills football.

One of Harris’s favorite Bills memories was without a doubt attending the three Bills Super Bowl games with his wife, Pat. “She had all the stuff you could imagine that showed she was a Bills fan,” said Harris. “She was more enthusiastic than I was.”

Over the years, Harris has passed on his love of Buffalo Bills games to his children and grandchildren, who now frequent the games. Each season despite the long commute, Harris, his son Keith, his daughter, and grandchildren come together to loyally cheer on the team.

While his favorite part of the game is watching the boys in blue and red play, Harris also enjoys the tailgate party. For the Harris’, the Bills experience is all about coming together as a family. A typical game day tailgate ritual for them is “grabbing something to eat, having a couple of beers, and watching the football team,” said Harris’s son, Keith.

As a longtime Bills Season Ticket Member and loyal fan, Harris has enjoyed many perks that accompany season tickets. His favorite includes the Bills Bucks Cards, which his family uses at each game at the concession stands.

Congratulations, Ray!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Ray for his many years of being a dedicated Bills Season Ticket Member and our Season Ticket Member of the Month for the month of July. In addition to Ray being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Month, he will receive two pregame on-field passes to a game during the 2017 season, a club seat upgrade, an autographed football, and select 2017 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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Starpoint to appear in USA Football’s 7-on-7 National Championship Series

Posted by Buffalobills.com on July 21, 2017 – 10:43 am

After an impressive showing in the recent USA Football Buffalo Regional 7-on-7 competition, the Starpoint High School football team has advanced to the National Championship Series. The event, set in Canton, Ohio, will take place on Friday, July 21 and continue through July 22. The series will feature 17 teams, battling for the number one spot.

Led by head coach Al Cavagnaro, Starpoint will look to keep their win streak alive. The Lockport, New York based school, proved dominant during the regional round, going undefeated throughout the tournament. Hosted by the Town of Hamburg Recreation Department and Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission, 16 teams from Western New York took part in the one-day event. With a 22-12 win over Cheektowaga in the final, Starpoint advanced to 5-0 on the day and earned a spot in Canton.

USA Footballs’ 7-on-7 competitions have proven a great way for coaches to continue to develop their athletes. With support from the Buffalo Bills and the local community, the Buffalo Regional competition proved both fun and educational.

“The Buffalo Bills are proud to partner with USA Football, the Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission and the Town of Hamburg Recreation Department on the first-ever USA Football 7-on-7 Regional Championship in Western New York,” said Preston Teague, Buffalo Bills Director of Community Relations. “This tournament is an excellent opportunity local high school football teams to compete and show who is best in our region. We are also excited for the opportunity for our tournament winners to participate in one of the National Championship Series events this summer.”

As Starpoint prepares for the next installment in the series, the Bills and entire Western New York region wish them luck!

To watch the tournament live, click here.


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Season Ticket Member of the Month – June

Posted by Buffalobills.com on June 29, 2017 – 2:21 pm

Glenn Shupe has prided himself on being a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member for over three decades. A Buffalo native, Shupe has created countless Bills memories. Although he was just a young boy, Shupe still fondly remembers attending his first Bills game with his uncle back in 1965.

“I went to my first Bills game…in 1965 at the Rock Pile,” said Shupe. “I was like five years old with my uncle. I saw the Cleveland Browns in an exhibition game. My first regular season game was in 1966 – I had the fever then.”

Over the years, Shupe’s Bills “fever” has continued to grow and he’s truly come to cherish watching his team take the field. From his favorite Bills player of all time QB Jim Kelly, to his current favorite players DT Kyle Williams and C Eric Wood, Shupe is the epitome of a diehard fan. Though it’s hard to pick just one, Shupe cites the 1991 AFC Championship game as his favorite moment as a Bills fan.

“My favorite Bills memory, and I tell this to my kids all the time, was sitting in the stadium in the AFC Championship game against Oakland when it got to halftime and it was 41-3 Bills,” said Shupe. “It dawned on us that we were going to go to our first Super Bowl. To watch that second half go off, the crowd being able to celebrate…and the Bills end up winning 51-3 – that was my favorite moment.”

Today, Shupe tailgates with his two sons on game days prior to kickoff at New Era Field. The entire Bills experience is special for him because it allows him to spend some quality time with his family and some friends that he’s made along the way.

“I enjoy the whole day,” said Shupe. “As I’ve gotten older and my boys and I go together, it’s a special day for the three of us. We tailgate…walk into the stadium together [and I] talk to them about how we’re going to win this game…The whole game itself, we enjoy that…It’s that experience with my kids, just to enjoy being with them and seeing them grow up to be Bills fans too. ”

As a longtime Bills Season Ticket Member, Shupe has also come to enjoy the benefits associated with his membership. His favorites include the Bills Bucks Card and his personal Account Representative – who helps ensure that the seat upgrade process always runs smoothly. As a true football fan, Shupe also likes being able to see players from the Bills and other teams up close and finds his seats, on the 50-yard line behind the visitor’s bench exciting.

Congratulations, Glenn!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Glenn for his many years of being a dedicated Bills Season Ticket Member and our Season Ticket Member of the Month for the month of June. In addition to Glenn being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Month, he will receive two pregame on-field passes to a game during the 2017 season, a club seat upgrade, an autographed item and select 2017 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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Mentoring program featuring Bills now accepting teacher applications

Posted by Buffalobills.com on June 22, 2017 – 8:42 am

The Buffalo Bills are proud to team up with Classroom Champions, to make a difference in Western New York schools this fall! A nonprofit organization, Classroom Champions is an established program dedicated to pairing classrooms with athletes in order to help students excel. After finding success in bringing classrooms and Olympic athletes together, the upcoming program with the Bills will mark the first-ever relationship with NFL players.

The Classroom Champions – Buffalo Bills Mentoring program, will pair five classrooms with current Bills players from September through December in 2017. The unique initiative offers educators an opportunity to introduce critical life skills to their students such as goal setting, teamwork and community involvement – while building relationships.

Teachers in the Western New York area are invited to apply. The deadline for applications is June 30.

For more information, please visit here.

This program is funded by the Buffalo Bills Foundation.

ABOUT THE BUFFALO BILLS FOUNDATION

The Buffalo Bills Foundation supports organizations that are committed to improving the quality of life in our region. This will be achieved through philanthropic investment in our community along with supporting NFL and team charitable initiatives.


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Thomas family to take part in Superhero Race & Wellness Walk

Posted by Buffalobills.com on June 8, 2017 – 12:42 pm

Since retiring from the NFL, Bills Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas continues to showcase his support for the Western New York community. This Friday, June 9, at the Buffalo Superhero Race & Wellness Walk, Thomas, his wife Patti and daughter Annika will do their part to advocate for a cause that has personally impacted their family.

The event, held at Delaware Park, started in 1985 and has been a staple in the area ever since. Working to raise awareness and funds for greater mental wellness, the Superhero Race also strives to help minimize the stigma associated with mental health issues. Open to all age groups, the event invites participants to come dressed in their favorite superhero gear.

Annika, who battled depression and anxiety, is committed to sharing her story and to helping others who are going through similar situations. The Thomas trio will serve as the event’s honorary chairs.

For more information on how you can get involved, click here.


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Chad Hall inducted into Gwinnett Sports Hall of Fame

Posted by Buffalobills.com on May 22, 2017 – 3:18 pm

Bills offensive assistant, and Atlanta native, Chad Hall was recently honored with an induction into the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame. The eighth annual event, was held on May 19 in Duluth, Ga. and featured keynote speaker Dan Quinn, head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. Alongside Hall, the 2017 class included four others who’ve made a significant impact in sports.

A standout at Wesleyan High School in Norcross, Ga., Hall went on to enjoy a three-year career as running back at the United States Air Force Academy. Considered one of the country’s top ball carriers, Hall took on double duties at the wide receiver position his senior year. After leading the Falcons in rushing and receiving yards, Hall was named the Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2007.

Before embarking on a NFL journey that would take him to the Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars, Hall served in the United States Air Force as a second lieutenant from 2008-09. His achievements both on and off the field, have earned him place in the history books.

Congratulations, Chad!


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Buffalo Regional 7on7 Championships June 23-24

Posted by Buffalobills.com on May 19, 2017 – 5:30 pm

The Buffalo Bills are partnering with USA Football, The Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission and the Town of Hamburg Recreation Department to host the first ever Buffalo – USA Football 7on7 Regional Championships.

On Friday, June 23rd the Buffalo Bills will host a reception and informational session at the ADPRO Sports Training Center for all participating coaches, with games played the following day (June 24th) at the Town of Hamburg Recreation fields.

The tournament is open to high school JV and Varsity school teams and costs $200 per team.  The winning Varsity team will receive a USA Football grant, t-shirts, trophy and FREE entry into the National Championship Series event in Canton, OH at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 21 – 22, 2017.

USA Football 7on7 was built by high school coaches for high school teams. No all-star teams are allowed.  This event sets the standard in high school team-based championships, professionally operated with certified high school officials, separate timers, scorekeepers and portable scoreboards on each field.

For more information and to register for the Buffalo Regional Tournament please use the following link (make sure to click on the button next to ‘Buffalo Regional’): http://7on7.usafootball.com/Events


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Thurman Thomas puts taste buds to the test

Posted by Buffalobills.com on May 17, 2017 – 6:27 pm

Bills Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas will be putting his taste buds to the ultimate test this evening, as he and a panel of experts judge the Taste NY Craft Beer Challenge finals. Held in New York City, the last installment in the state-wide competition will feature five finalists, including a few flavor-filled local breweries such as Bills Partners Southern Tier Brewing Company and Genesee.

Identified by more than 42,000 voters as the top craft breweries in New York, from a list of over 70, the finalists will be analyzed using the following criteria: brewery’s diversity, range and quality. Each will have the opportunity to showcase some of their most popular products. For Southern Tier Brewing Company, the event will give the judges a chance to try their new IPA, Nu Skool.

Follow along tonight from 5 – 7 p.m. to find out which brewery wins it all!

 


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Jim Kelly receives Leadership in Health Award

Posted by Buffalobills.com on May 16, 2017 – 10:09 am

Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly recently took a trip to New York City to attend the Kelly Cares Foundation’s seventh annual Irish Eyes Gala. The foundation, which was started by Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and his wife Paqui in 2008, aims to inspire hope by investing resources in health and education. This signature event honors “game changers” or individuals who have done their part to improve the lives of others.

Kelly, a game changer in the Western New York community and around the country, received the “Leadership in Health Award” for the work he does with his foundations and for his courageous battles with cancer.

“No matter where you come from or how you grow up, every person has the ability to make a difference today for someone who is fighting for their tomorrow,” said Jim Kelly. “Tonight acknowledges our collective efforts to help those who are less fortunate, and I am very honored to be recognized for the work of my foundations, Hunter’s Hope and Kelly for Kids.”


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Season Ticket Member of the Month – May

Posted by Buffalobills.com on May 10, 2017 – 9:46 pm

Debbie Dittly has been a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member since 1986. A Buffalo native, Dittly’s love for the Bills started at an early age. Reflecting on her favorite Bills memories, Dittly fondly recalls attending games at the old Rock Pile with her father who helped inspire her passion for the team.

“It was at the Rock Pile, I must’ve been about seven or eight years old,” said Dittly when describing her very first Bills game. “I went with my dad – my dad started me with football. I’ll just never forget the name Cookie Gilchrist…it just stuck with me all these years…that’s what got me started with being a Bills fan.”

Over the years, Dittly has cherished the time she’s spent watching her beloved Bills take the field. Whether she is celebrating at New Era Field with her family and friends or traveling to support the team on the road, Dittly has taken pride in representing Buffalo.  Even during some of her most trying times, Dittly has taken comfort in her connection to the Bills.

One game in particular that has special meaning for Dittly is the 1993 AFC Championship game featuring the Bills and the Chiefs.

“I really think that the championship [game], back in January of 1994, my dad had just passed away on Christmas day,” said Dittly.  “So it was a real kind of experience…it was just the most memorable game…I’ll never forget it. This is a time that was so sad in my life with my dad passing, [but] it was one of the best games ever.”

Today, Dittly can be found with her brother, husband and host of other friendly Bills fans, tailgating in the camper lot before each home game at New Era Field.

“We have a blast,” explained Dittly. “We have a whole group of people that we tailgate with. We always have a great time.”

In addition to the game day experience, Dittly has come to enjoy the perks associated with her membership. Her favorites are presale ticket offers and the Bills Bucks Card.

Congratulations, Debbie!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Debbie for her many years of being a dedicated Bills Season Ticket Member and our Season Ticket Member of the Month for the month of May. In addition to Debbie being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Month, she will receive two pregame on-field passes to a game during the 2017 season, a club seat upgrade, an autographed football, and select 2017 Bills merchandise.

If you would like to nominate a Season Ticket Member of the Month, email us the account number, name and the reason for your nomination to Tickets@bills.nfl.net. Please use the subject line, “STM of the Month Nomination.”


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Bills memorabilia available on NFL Auction

Posted by Buffalobills.com on April 28, 2017 – 3:53 pm

Bills fans, several unique pieces of Bills memorabilia are up for bid on NFL Auction throughout Draft weekend.

Items currently available include the following:

– 2016 Bills draft class signed full size helmet

– 2015 Bills draft class signed mini helmet

– Sammy Watkins signed 2014 draft mini helmet and much more!

Don’t miss out on your chance to take home a part of Bills history! To bid now, click here.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Buffalo Bills Foundation.

ABOUT THE BUFFALO BILLS FOUNDATION

The Buffalo Bills Foundation supports organizations that are committed to improving the quality of life in our region. This will be achieved through philanthropic investment in our community along with supporting NFL and team charitable initiatives.


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LeSean McCoy Foundation Charity Softball Game set for June 4 at Frontier Field

Posted by Buffalobills.com on April 26, 2017 – 4:10 pm

On Sunday, June 4 the LeSean McCoy Foundation will be linking up with the Rochester Red Wings to hold the fourth annual LeSean McCoy Charity Softball Game. The fun-filled event, which will be held at Frontier Field in Rochester, will kick off at 2 p.m.

The game will feature McCoy and some of his Bills teammates taking on a team of hometown heroes such as police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians. Throughout the event there will also be live autograph signings, a silent auction and raffles.

Tickets for the game will go on sale on Friday, April 28 at 9:00 a.m. at the Frontier Field Ticket Office, online at RedWingsBaseball.com or by calling (585) 423-WING.

Proceeds from the day will benefit the LeSean McCoy Foundation.


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Bills 2017 Draft Special to air on April 26

Posted by Buffalobills.com on April 24, 2017 – 5:33 pm

Hey Bills fans, do you want to know what the experts are saying about this year’s NFL Draft? Tune in to the 2017 Bills Draft Special, presented by New Era, to find out!

The special will air on Wednesday, April 26 on WKBW Channel 7 at 7 p.m. and again on MSG at 8 p.m. Throughout the show, the Radio Voice of the Bills, John Murphy, will be joined by Bills Insider Chris Brown and legend Steve Tasker to bring you expert analysis, as well as an in-depth look at Buffalo’s draft prospects.

The show will feature a variety of segments including an offseason recap, an interview with Bills head coach Sean McDermott, a roundtable discussion with Bills 2016 selections Shaq Lawson, Reggie Ragland, and Kevon Seymour, insight from national media, a mock draft and much more.

Don’t miss out!


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