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Bills host HS football championships at RWS

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on November 5, 2013 – 2:34 pm

Ralph Wilson Stadium will play host to the Section VI high school football championship games on November 8 and 9.

SCHEDULE:
Friday, 11/8       6:00 PM            (Class D)          Maple Grove/Ch. Lake @ Randolph
Friday, 11/8       8:30 PM            (Class A)           Williamsville North @ Sweet Home
Saturday, 11/9   10:00 AM          (Class DD**)     Frewsburg @ Catt/Little Valley
Saturday, 11/9   1:00 PM            (Class C)           Cleve-Hill @ Fredonia
Saturday, 11/9   4:00 PM            (Class B)           Depew @ Alden
Saturday, 11/9   7:00 PM            (Class AA)        Frontier @ Jamestown

Advance Game Tickets can be purchased for $7.00 at each participating high school, or tickets may be purchased at the Ralph Wilson Stadium ticket office during normal business hours.  On the day of the games, ticket office lines at Ralph Wilson Stadium will be exceedingly long due to the high demand so we highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance at the participating schools.

Day of Game Tickets will be available for $7.00 on the day of the game at the Ralph Wilson Stadium ticket office, which is located next to the Healthy Zone Fieldhouse.  Please allow sufficient time to enter the gates after purchasing tickets at the ticket office.

Parking is complimentary and parking lots open two hours prior to the start of the first game on each day.

Stadium gates and day of game ticket sales are open one hour prior to the start of the first game on each day.

All stadium policies and procedures are in effect including no re-entry. No alcohol will be sold. Smoking is not permitted inside Ralph Wilson Stadium. There are no fires permitted anywhere on the stadium grounds. Food and beverage will be available at concession areas inside the stadium. Ticket office and entry gates will close at the start of the fourth quarter of the last game each day.


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Bengals vs. Bills Gameday Activities

Posted by buffalobills.com on October 10, 2013 – 12:30 pm

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Sunday, October 13, 2013
Kickoff: 1:00 pm
Gates open: 11:30 am
Abbott Road closing: 8:00 am

Tailgate Parties
Healthy Zone Fieldhouse: 9:30 am.  Indoor tailgate includes vendors and interactive games.
Scoreboard Lot C: 10:00 am -12:30 pm Widow Maker (rock cover band) will perform two sets: 10:00 – 10:45 am, 11:00 – 11:45 pm. The tailgate will include interactive inflatable games, appearances by the Jills Cheerleaders and souvenirs from partners.  Food and beverage will be for sale.

Giveaway
The first 50,000 fans will receive a pink ECMC and ADPRO Sports Yowie® rally band. The Yowie rally band can be worn and used for multiple purposes, including a headband, scarf, wristband, rally towel, neck warmer, etc.

ADPRO Sports ECMC Yowie

Volunteers from Zeta Tau Alpha and the Buffalo Bills Womens’ Association will hand out 15,000 pink BCA ribbons.

Pregame
Player warm-ups: 11:55 am
Jills Cheerleaders routine
Breast cancer survivor recognition
Leader of the Charge: Scott Norwood
Snapple Ultimate Fan Experience winner: Thomas Peters
Color guard: Ely-Fagan American Legion Post
National anthem: Diane Chase

Halftime – USA Football scrimmage

Billieve Breast Cancer Awareness
As a part of the NFL’s month-long Crucial Catch initiative, Sunday’s Billieve game will promote breast cancer awareness through a number of gameday activities, a gate giveaway, player and fan gear, and pink on the field and throughout Ralph Wilson Stadium. Breast cancer survivors will be recognized on the field during a pregame ceremony celebrating their years of survivorship, and two of those survivors will be a part of the commemorative pink game ball delivery. The Akron and Albion 10-11 year old youth football teams of the Niagara Orleans Football Association will scrimmage in pink gear at halftime, mirroring the gear worn by Bills players during the game. Billieve breast cancer awareness merchandise will be sold throughout the stadium with a portion benefitting the fight against breast cancer, as well as pink ribbon cookies sold in the club seating areas, to benefit the ECMC Lifeline Foundation’s Mobile Mammography Coach.

Bills 50/50 Raffle
The Buffalo Bills are teaming up with Pointstreak 5050 on an innovative platform to raise charitable funds for the Buffalo community and Western New York region through an electronic 50/50 raffle on gamedays at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Pointstreak 5050 system enables raffle tickets to be sold to fans through mobile sellers utilizing electronic handheld devices, portable printers, and a number of stationary selling terminals around Ralph Wilson Stadium with half the proceeds going to one lucky fan and the other half going to the ECMC Lifeline Foundation.  For more information on the Bills 50/50 Raffle please visit http://www.buffalobills.com/5050.

Republic Services
For your convenience on game day, the Buffalo Bills and Republic Services Blue Team will be handing out blue recycling bags and black garbage bags to tailgaters to help keep their space clean. Tailgaters are encouraged to fill the bags and leave them at the end of their tailgate for Bills staff to pick up before the end of the game.

Designated Drivers of Buffalo
The Buffalo Bills, in partnership with Designated Drivers of Buffalo, offer an alternative to driving in order to ensure that guests return home safely. Guests who are uncomfortable driving home have access to this unique service by calling (716) 713-7703. Arrangements can be made prior to a game or on game days. Two representatives from Designated Drivers of Buffalo will meet a guest and their party to drive the guest’s home in their own car. This allows guests to return home using a safe method in their own car. For more information, please visit www.designateddriversofbuffalo.com. Thank you for being responsible.

Visa Deal of the Game
Spend $75 and get a Billieve earring or pendant for free.

Fan Experience Enhancements
The Bills and the National Football League are committed to creating a safe, clean, comfortable, and friendly environment for all fans, both in the stadium and in the parking lots.  Several new Fan Experience Enhancements have been implemented for the 2013 season in an effort to improve the safety and comfort of our fans, and the efficiency of our event operation.  LEARN MORE.


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Ravens vs. Bills Gameday Activities

Posted by buffalobills.com on September 26, 2013 – 2:06 pm

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Sunday, September 29, 2013
Kickoff: 1:00 pm
Gates open: 11:30 am
Abbott Road closing: 8:00 am

Tailgate Parties
Healthy Zone Fieldhouse: 9:30 am.  Indoor tailgate includes vendors and interactive games.
Scoreboard Lot C: 10:00 am -12:30 pm Karma (rock cover band) will perform two sets: 10:00 – 10:45 am, 11:00 – 11:45 pm. The tailgate will include interactive inflatable games, appearances by the Jills Cheerleaders and souvenirs from partners.  Food and beverage will be for sale.

Giveaway
 The first 50,000 guests through the gate will receive a Time Warner Cable rally towel.

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Pregame
Player warm-ups: 11:55 am
Syracuse University Marching Band: 12:30 pm
Jills Cheerleaders routine: 12:45 pm
Leader of the Charge: Henry Jones
Snapple Ultimate Fan Experience winner: Paul Szlapak
Color guard: Boy Scout Troop 325
National anthem: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Halftime
Syracuse University Marching Band

Hispanic Heritage Month and Award
Members of the Belle Center will be in the stands as guests of Kiko Alonso and Marcell Dareus.  Lucy Candelario, Executive Director of the Belle Center Buffalo will receive the Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award during the pregame festivities.

Bills 50/50 Raffle
The Buffalo Bills are teaming up with Pointstreak 5050 on an innovative platform to raise charitable funds for the Buffalo community and Western New York region through an electronic 50/50 raffle on gamedays at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Pointstreak 5050 system enables raffle tickets to be sold to fans through mobile sellers utilizing electronic handheld devices, portable printers, and a number of stationary selling terminals around Ralph Wilson Stadium with half the proceeds going to one lucky fan and the other half going to the BPO and the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation.  For more information on the Bills 50/50 Raffle please visit www.buffalobills.com/5050

Republic Services
For your convenience on game day, the Buffalo Bills and Republic Services Blue Team will be handing out blue recycling bags and black garbage bags to tailgaters to help keep their space clean. Tailgaters are encouraged to fill the bags and leave them at the end of their tailgate for Bills staff to pick up before the end of the game.

Designated Drivers of Buffalo
The Buffalo Bills, in partnership with Designated Drivers of Buffalo, offer an alternative to driving in order to ensure that guests return home safely. Guests who are uncomfortable driving home have access to this unique service by calling (716) 713-7703. Arrangements can be made prior to a game or on game days. Two representatives from Designated Drivers of Buffalo will meet a guest and their party to drive the guest’s home in their own car. This allows guests to return home using a safe method in their own car. For more information, please visit www.designateddriversofbuffalo.com. Thank you for being responsible.

Visa Deal of the Game
Spend $75 and get a foam finger for free.

Fan Experience Enhancements
The Bills and the National Football League are committed to creating a safe, clean, comfortable, and friendly environment for all fans, both in the stadium and in the parking lots.  Several new Fan Experience Enhancements have been implemented for the 2013 season in an effort to improve the safety and comfort of our fans, and the efficiency of our event operation.  LEARN MORE.


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Marrone tips hat to Bills fans

Posted by Chris Brown on September 16, 2013 – 2:47 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone has been impressed with the performance of the fans in Ralph Wilson Stadium for the first two games of the regular season. He believes they can provide a lot to a winning effort at home, as was the case Sunday.

“You love playing at home in front of our crowd because our crowd is awesome,” said Marrone. “They’re outstanding. We can play off of their emotion. They’re a big part of us winning and playing well.”

The challenge now is the first road game for Buffalo under Marrone and his coaching staff.

“I think when you go on the road the challenge is the opposite,” he said. “How do you handle the different environment. I think most players are used to that depending on what programs they’ve come from. Make no mistake it will be something different for this team, something we haven’t experienced together. But there are going to be a lot of those situations this season.”

The Bills face the Jets at MetLife Stadium Sunday for a 4:25 pm kickoff.


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Marrone focused on game not home debut

Posted by Chris Brown on August 16, 2013 – 10:59 am

Bills head coach Doug Marrone will make his home debut this evening at Ralph Wilson Stadium when Buffalo plays host to Minnesota. Marrone has not taken much time to reflect on it as his focus has been squarely on getting his team ready to play.

Buffalo’s sideline boss is certainly appreciative of the opportunity and recognizes Ralph Wilson Stadium for its authenticity and volume when things are going right. At the same time he’s been too busy keeping his head down focused on molding a team that needs to start winning.

“Well it’s my first time being on the home side of the stadium,” said Marrone. “I’ve been at that stadium before as a visiting coach and as a player and a coach. And it’s pretty awesome. Everyone that knows me knows I’m a history guy and a little old school at times. You’ve got some good old school fans and a good old school stadium that has great views for everyone. It’s an exciting place and those guys get it going. I’m excited for the players, but my focus will be on the field.”


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New stadium feasibility premature per Brandon

Posted by Chris Brown on July 29, 2013 – 10:48 am

In the wake of the new lease agreement between the Bills, Erie County and New York State was the language contained within it that talked of conducting studies and exploring the feasibility of a new stadium for the team. Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon was asked if there were any developments on that front. Here was his response.

“Our focus right now is completely on the renovation, but as part of the (Memorandum of Understanding) and the
lease moving forward we will work hand in hand with the Governor’s office and the county on doing studies down the road to see if the stadium situation needs to be altered in any capacity,” said Brandon in an appearance on the Howard Simon show. “When we went through this past renovation we considered new stadium, retro fit, renovation and the renovation process was the route we took. But I think the nice thing about the lease agreement is there are caveats in that which will give us an opportunity with whatever needs to be done in the future.”

Renovations on Ralph Wilson Stadium have already begun, with the initial work focused on the “bones” of the stadium with structural repair and improvements.


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Barnett interacting with Bills fans

Posted by Chris Brown on July 31, 2011 – 1:43 pm

Free agent LB Nick Barnett, who is visiting with the Bills this weekend, is interacting with Bills fans on twitter as Bills Nation is recruiting him to sign with Buffalo.

Barnett gave them credit for their omnipresence on twitter, but has another question.

NickBarnett You bills fans are great here on twitter.. How bout in the stadium?
 
Tell him what it’s like at the Ralph on a Sunday Bills fans.

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Fan Friday 7-22

Posted by Chris Brown on July 22, 2011 – 11:45 am

With everything else up in the air you can still count on Fan Friday. So here’s the latest installment and keep those questions coming at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 - Hi Chris,
I wanted to email you because a lot of mis-information at times permeates the message boards re: the Bills. With Coach Wannstedt on board, there is a contingent of Bills fans that feel he will be the de-facto Defensive Coodinator making Coach Edwards the DC in name only. I feel that Chan wouldn’t do something like that and would either fire coach Edwards or come out and say that Coach Wannstedt is the guy from day one.

Can you shed some light on this?
Thanks,
Rich in Pa
CB: As you know Chan Gailey is a straight shooter. His assistants are loyal to him for a reason because they trust him. Naturally every coach at the highest level of football has an ego of some size. I don’t know this, but it’s my belief that Coach Gailey would not have added Dave Wannstedt to his staff if he did not believe in the professionalism of both Wannstedt and defensive coordinator George Edwards.

I have to believe those two men met at length prior to the hiring of Wannstedt so Gailey could ensure that Wannstedt and Edwards would be able to work together in achieving the same goal, which is a much improved defense without letting job titles get in the way.

Wannstedt is the Assistant Head coach in addition to being the inside linebackers coach. Edwards is the defensive coordinator. It’s as simple as that.

Naturally those on the outside are going to speculate that Wannstedt will wield more power because his coaching history is more familiar to fans having been a head coach for two different NFL clubs.

Gailey, Edwards and Wannstedt do not look at it that way. Their commitment is to improving the performance of the team and getting more wins, not who has the best solutions in the meeting room. Gailey trusts that this can be a collaborative effort to make the defense better, but Edwards will be calling the plays on Sundays.

 

2 - Hey Chris,
Looking forward to the upcoming season!  2 questions for you:
1)  Not knowing the rules of free agency, it’s hard to know what QB’s will be available.   What are your thoughts on Tarvaris Jackson as a back-up/possible quarterback of the future?
2). Steve Johnson had quite the breakout year last year, and that caught most people off guard.   Do you have any thoughts on who may be this year’s breakout performers?
Thanks
Jim

CB: I think with Jackson having a strong background in the West Coast system that he’ll likely go to a team with that offensive system. Seattle is a likely destination for him since his former quarterbacks coach in Minnesota, Doug Bevell, is running the offense there now.

As for a breakout performer, I don’t know that anyone will have the kind of jump in production that we saw from Johnson last season, but players that I believe are on the rise this year for the Bills are Arthur Moats, David Nelson, Torell Troup and Kraig Urbik.

 

3 - Hey CB,

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions each week.  My question for you is: have the Bills announced a new color scheme for the end-zones after the new turf is installed?  I personally loved the red end-zones from the 90s.  I’m curious if they will change the color or not. 

 

Thanks a lot,

- Patrick

Sylvan Beach, NY

CB: For those of you that missed it this week, the end zones are royal blue with white lettering and red lining. Here’s a sample photo of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 - Hey Chris,

First, just wanted to thank you for doing a great job keeping the passionate Buffalo Bills fans constantly updated! I know its way too early to have predictions and start looking at power rankings, but with  the lockout just about over, I started looking at some opinions of some “experts” and none have the Bills even in the top twenty teams.

They often refer to how the Bills only one four games but I don’t think they realize how many games we COULD have won if we could just close a game.

I am very optimistic and have a ton of faith in Gailey and Fitz and truly believe next year we will make a gigantic leap and make the playoffs! Granted were in a very competitive division but I still think we can do it! What are your thoughts for next season?

CB: I’ve withheld judgment on the Bills because in this unusual offseason the roster has yet to take shape. There’s a lot of personnel stuff to be settled in a very short period of time.

The fact remains however, that they do play in a very competitive division. Granted the Jets roster could change dramatically in light of their cap situation and number of marquee free agents, but this uphill climb in the AFC East will be challenging.

In addition the Bills have a very difficult schedule with the NFC East on the slate as well as a much improved AFC West. I’m not trying to dodge you, but I need to see where players like C.J. Spiller, Marcell Dareus, Torell Troup and others are at once they get back in.

Young players that are expected to contribute more in year two or as top flight rookies have been the most affected by this offseason in terms of their development. They can greatly impact the success or lack of success of the club this year.

 

5 – Hey Chris,

With the whole spring workout schedule lost what changes is Chan Gailey going to have to make in preparing for the season?

Thanks,
Jeff
Webster, NY

CB: In talking to some of Buffalo’s assistant coaches earlier this offseason, they already had put plans in place to simplify the installation of the playbook in training camp. That likely means less volume, fewer plays etc.

I think it’s also possible that play installation could be tied to the framework of preliminary game plans for the first few games of the season. The coaches want to ensure that they can get sound play from their players in the games that count despite the shortened time frame with respect to reps on the field.

So repping those plays that they’re likely to run against the likes of Kansas City, Oakland, New England and Cincinnati in the first month of the season seems advisable. And the coaches have had plenty of time to scout those teams off last year’s film. Granted there will be some changes, but I could see that being a part of what’s different in terms of preparation.


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Only one end zone to go

Posted by Chris Brown on July 20, 2011 – 9:29 am

The Bills new turf is almost complete. Just one more end zone to letter and some other detailing and it’ll be good to go. I’ve gotten many requests from fans via email for a closer shot of the end zone lettering. Here’s one courtesy of the Bills media relations department.


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Bills new end zone

Posted by Chris Brown on July 18, 2011 – 2:04 pm

One new end zone at Ralph Wilson Stadium is complete. Second one underway. Here’s a shot of the completed one.

Keep in mind, it was a cloudy here earlier in the day in Orchard Park so the hue of the blue end zone might not be wholly accurate in this photo. On a sunny day it’s likely to appear more royal blue than it does in this photo.


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New turf has new elements

Posted by Chris Brown on July 12, 2011 – 9:48 am

The new turf going in at Ralph Wilson Stadium is going to have some new elements.

Bills CEO Russ Brandon mentioned some of them, which appeared on the Buffalo Bills twitter account.

buffalobills CEO Russ Brandon: “Excited to announce new turf installation began yesterday at RWS. Look forward to seeing the new blue end zones.”
 
buffalobills Brandon: “Other new elements will include red, white and blue stripes on each 20-yard line & a larger logo at midfield.”
 
buffalobills Brandon: “The new surface is expected to be finished this week. Hope fans enjoy the new look.”
 
 

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Old turf coming up

Posted by Chris Brown on July 9, 2011 – 7:47 am

The process of removing the old turf inside Ralph Wilson Stadium has begun.

Here’s a photo of the old stuff being removed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It will be replaced by a local company (A-Turf) that will be installing a brand of turf called A-Turf Titan a new synthetic grass surface that allows for better foot release.


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Parking lot #1 permit update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 5, 2010 – 9:34 am

Hey Bills fans, if you’ve got tickets to any of the remaining home games at the Ralph, you’ll want to read this.

The Bills are offering Parking Lot #1, known for some of the Bills top tailgaters, for fans to buy on a first-come first-serve basis.
Formerly a cash lot, Lot 1 will now be a permit-only lot beginning with the Bills vs. Detroit Lions game on Sunday, November 14, 2010.  No vehicles will be permitted to park in this lot without the proper parking permit.

The parking permit for Lot 1 guarantees fans a parking space regardless of when fans arrive, and costs only $20 per game.  The newly paved lot is conveniently located right off of Big Tree Road (Route 20A) with easy access to Route 219.  The lot offers additional porta-johns, increased security and a fun and safe atmosphere with parking near the Bills Field House and Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Season ticket holders were offered the opportunity to purchase parking passes for Lot 1 and the remaining spaces are now available to the public.

The change to a permit-only lot is an effort to enhance the traffic flow and improve the game day experience for fans.

Interested fans can contact the Bills customer service department at 1-877-BB-TICKS (228-4257) to purchase a permit for any or all of the remaining home games.


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Drums Along Waterfront at RWS

Posted by Chris Brown on August 6, 2010 – 3:57 pm

The Bills are hosting the nationally renowned 14th Annual Drums Along the Waterfront competition at Ralph Wilson Stadium this Sunday, Aug. 8 at 5:30 p.m.

Billed as the “Grand Slam of Drum Corps,” The Drums Along the Waterfront is a musical sport featuring the power and precision of the world’s best drum and bugle corps.  The event will include the thirteen-time DCI World Champion Blue Devils, five-time DCA Champion Empire Statesmen, and “The Commandant’s Own,” U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, plus a special tribute to veterans and service members.

Tickets for the event are only $22 in advance ($25 on the day of the event) for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. Students, seniors and military may purchase the tickets for $20. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com, by calling (800) 745-3000.


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Bills-Pats sold out but…

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2009 – 9:40 am

The Bills announced Thursday morning just a few hours before the blackout deadline that their game Sunday against the Patriots has sold out. However, there are still tickets available because the Pats have returned some tickets from their assigned allotment.

Fans may purchase tickets by going online at buffalobills.com or ticketmaster.com, by visiting Western New York Ticketmaster outlets or the Ralph Wilson Stadium ticket office, or by calling 1-877-BB-TICKS and 716-649-0015.

There are also premium seats available which do not count toward the sold out status per NFL policy.

At the beginning of the week there were still 2,000 unsold tickets for the game.


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