Inside The Bills

Season Ticket Member of the Game

Posted by Megan Zenger on December 11, 2017 – 12:36 pm

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Buffalo Bills games have been a family affair for Mitchell Stone from the start. Stone first purchased two season tickets when the Bills welcomed quarterback Jim Kelly to the franchise in 1986. Being able to watch his all-time favorite player with his family and friends was all it took for Stone to fall in love with the Bills. 30 years later, Stone still makes his way to New Era Field each game day, surrounded now by his children, as well as some of his grandchildren.

Over the years, Stone has made countless memories as a fan. Like many diehard Bills fans, Stone vividly remembers The Comeback Game when the Bills beat the Oilers in overtime, allowing them to advance to the AFC Divisional Playoff Game and eventually earn a spot in Super Bowl XXVII.

“[The] best memory I have is being there with my boys,” stated Stone. “I can remember my son Scott asking me at halftime, ‘Dad do you think we have a chance?’ and I said, ‘Yeah if we come out and score’ and then Houston came out and scored.”

No matter the outcome, Stone and his family are there to see it all.

“Everything about the whole experience up there… it’s hard to describe,” stated Stone. “You’ve got 70,000 people with you. When it comes down to that last two minutes of the game, everyone is just going crazy. It’s fun to stop and look around and all your emotions just go up and down.”

Over the years, Bills football has been passed from generation to generation in the Stone family. As he attends tailgates at New Era Field, Stone relaxes with his grandchildren while his children make food for the whole crew.

Following the tailgate, Stone and his children make their way to the stadium to their seats and get ready to cheer on their current favorite Bills, running back LeSean McCoy, quarterback Tyrod Taylor and center Eric Wood.

As a Season Ticket Member, Stone has enjoyed many perks throughout the years. His favorite is the Bills Bucks Card, which he regularly uses throughout the season.

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Congratulations, Mitchell!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Mitchell for his many years of being a dedicated Bills Season Ticket Member and our Season Ticket Member of the Game. In addition to Mitchell being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Game, he received two pregame on-field passes to the Colts versus Bills game on Dec. 10, a club seat upgrade, an autographed item and select 2017 Bills merchandise.

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


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Season Ticket Member of the Game-Robert Beach

Posted by Megan Zenger on December 5, 2017 – 11:43 am

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Over the past 32 years, North Tonawanda native, Robert Beach, has made numerous memories as a Buffalo Bills Season Ticket Member. From attending three Super Bowls, to traveling to away games in Indianapolis or Nashville, Beach has remained a dedicated and loyal fan.

All it took for Beach to fall in love with the idea of being a Bills Season Ticket Member, was one look at a perfect pair of seats on the upper deck of the 35-yard line back in 1986.

“We just had to take them,” stated Beach.

Since then, Beach has shared his love for the Bills with those around him. From watching the first season opener with his cousin, to attending current games with his son who sits beside him and his daughter who sits a few rows back, Beach views game days as an opportunity to spend quality time with his loved ones.

Throughout the years, Beach has cherished his time as a Bills fan. When he reminisces on moments such as Buffalo’s first Super Bowl appearance and the day his daughter took her wedding pictures in the ADPRO Sports Training Center, he is filled with happiness.

Beach has also enjoyed cheering on his all-time favorite players, quarterbacks Joe Ferguson and Jim Kelly, as well as his current favorite player, defensive tackle Kyle Williams.

“He is the epitome of what these guys should be,” stated Beach of Williams. “He’s just a class act all the way around.”

If he were to pick his favorite part about Sundays at New Era Field, it would be the one-of-a-kind atmosphere and the tailgates with his family and friends.

“Watching the players on the sideline, whopping and hollering, sends a chill down your spine,” stated Beach.

As a Season Ticket Member, Beach appreciates the many perks that accompany his membership. His favorite benefit is his personal Account Representative.

Congratulations, Robert!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Robert for his many years of being a dedicated Bills Season Ticket Member and our Season Ticket Member of the Game. In addition to Robert being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Game, he received two pregame on-field passes to the Bills versus Patriots game on Dec. 3, a club seat upgrade, an autographed item and select 2017 Bills merchandise.

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


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Season Ticket Member of the Game- William Hein II

Posted by Megan Zenger on October 30, 2017 – 9:40 am

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It was 1960, the very first year the Buffalo Bills played in the American Football League, when William Hein first purchased season tickets for his family. After spending a season sitting through every different kind of weather imaginable, his son, William Hein II, became hooked. Over the past 57 years, the season tickets were passed from father to son, creating a long-standing tradition of Bills football.

“I grew up with football all the time,” stated Hein II, who regularly attended Ohio State football games where his father was the announcer, as well as Bills games.

One of his favorite memories was traveling by limo to a Bills Monday night game. Aside from the VIP transportation, Hein II had the opportunity to witness football from the press box where his father assisted in announcing the game – a behind-the-scenes perspective few fans ever witness.

Over the years of watching his all-time favorite players, specials teams legend Steve Tasker and defensive end Bruce Smith, his love for the Bills only grew.  He distinctly remembers the AFC Championship game when the Bills beat the Raiders, earning a spot in Super Bowl XXV.

“Not many people remember how cold it was,” stated Hein II. “My drink froze by the time I got back to my seat.”

Though he no longer lives in Buffalo, Hein II still travels from South Carolina when he can to attend a game. These days, he enjoys cheering on guard Richie Incognito. Like many other Bills fans, his favorite part of game day is the tailgate. When the Hein family makes a trip to New Era Field, they make a weekend out of it. They take the time to catch up with friends in the RV lot on Saturday and then cook special food for an early tailgate on Sunday.

As a Season Ticket Member, Hein II enjoys many of the perks that accompany his membership. If he had to pick a favorite benefit, it would be his personal Account Representative.

Congratulations, William!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank William for his many years of being a dedicated Bills Season Ticket Member and our Season Ticket Member of the Game. In addition to William being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Game, he received two pregame on-field passes to the Raiders versus Bills game on Oct. 29, a club seat upgrade, an autographed item and select 2017 Bills merchandise.

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


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Season Ticket Member of the Game

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 23, 2017 – 12:26 pm

Buffalo native and longtime Season Ticket Member Roy Henseler, can still remember the moment that he became a Bills fan.

“When I first started to love the Bills was 1964,” said Henseler. “The only one to have a TV in my family was my uncle and we all went to his house to watch the championship game against the Chargers. We won and I just fell in love with the Bills at that point and never stopped.”

His unrivaled passion for the Bills led Henseler to purchase season tickets and after 45 years, he still has them. His membership has allowed him to make countless memories, while supporting his favorite team. From the 1993 Comeback Game, to each of Buffalo’s four consecutive Super Bowl appearances, Henseler has loved every minute.

“My biggest game [that] I really was so thrilled at, was the championship game against the Raiders when we went to our first Super Bowl,” said Henseler. “We knew we were going to the Super Bowl…I remember that so distinctly.”

Through the years, Henseler has cherished watching many different Bills players take the field. When reminiscing on his all-time favorites, Henseler thinks of legends such as quarterback Joe Ferguson, running back Thurman Thomas and quarterback Jack Kemp. These days, Henseler roots for quarterback Tyrod Taylor and running back LeSean McCoy.

For Henseler, game days at New Era Field are an opportunity to spend quality time with his friends and family.

“It’s me and my best friend and we get to bring one of our kids each game,” said Henseler. “It’s the highlight of my week when we do that. There’s always two of our kids there at every game with us. I’ve been taking them since they were seven years old…They just love it with me. That’s my highlight. Now I take my granddaughter, she’s four and she’s been to two preseason games with me. It’s great. I look forward to it every year.”

As a Season Ticket Member, Henseler has also come to appreciate the many benefits associated with his membership. His favorites include the Bills Bucks Card and his personal Account Representative.

Congratulations, Roy!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Roy for his many years of being a dedicated Bills Season Ticket Member and our Season Ticket Member of the Game. In addition to Roy being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Game, he received two pregame on-field passes to the Buccaneers versus Bills game on Oct. 22, a club seat upgrade, an autographed item and select 2017 Bills merchandise.

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


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Season Ticket Member of the Game- Walter Allen

Posted by Megan Zenger on September 25, 2017 – 11:31 am

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Walter Allen has been a Buffalo Bills fan since day one. As a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member since 1960, Allen has made many memories while watching his favorite team.

Whether he is reminiscing about his all-time favorite player, running back Thurman Thomas, or recalling Buffalo’s four Super Bowl appearances, Allen is proud to be a dedicated Bills fan.  “It was such an ecstatic thing to be a part of [the Super Bowls]…To have our city represented all over the country,” stated Allen.

After decades of devoted fandom, Allen is still a regular at New Era Field. These days, Allen cheers on Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood alongside his family, friends and other Season Ticket Members that he has sat with for years.

Arriving no later than 10 a.m., Allen enjoys setting up the tailgate for his friends and family on game days. “Hot or cold, we are out there with the best Buffalo has to offer,” stated Allen.

Like many Buffalo Bills fans, Allen enjoys attending Bills games for more than just football. If he had to name his favorite part of Sunday’s at New Era Field, it would be “Spending Sundays with 72,000 of his closest friends,” stated Allen.

As a Season Ticket Member for many years, Allen has come to enjoy the benefits that accompany his membership. His favorite Season Ticket Member benefit is the discount he gets at The Bills Store, which he uses each year to buy new Bills gear.

Congratulations, Walter!

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


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Season Ticket Member of the Game- Rick Schmitz

Posted by Megan Zenger on September 11, 2017 – 11:50 am

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“Longtime Bills fan” doesn’t even begin to describe Rick Schmitz. In 1965, Schmitz attended his first Bills game with his father and has missed very few games since. As a dedicated Bills Season Ticket Member, Schmitz has passionately cheered on the Bills for over five decades and like many others, has passed the tradition on to his family. When Schmitz makes his way to New Era Field on game day, his son now accompanies him.

Throughout the years, Schmitz has watched hundreds of players run on and off the field. Whether he is reminiscing about meeting some of his all-time favorite Bills players like RB Cookie Gilchrist, DE Bruce Smith and QB Jim Kelly, or fondly remembering some of his favorite games, he has cherished his memories as a Bills fan. These days, Schmitz and his son enjoy cheering on C Eric Wood and DT Kyle Williams.

For years, Schmitz has devoted every Sunday to watching his favorite team play. “I am the first one in and the last one out,” said Schmitz.

While Schmitz appreciates all the Bills Season Ticket Member benefits, if he had to pick his favorite it would be a tie between the Bills Bucks Card, which he uses at each game, and his Account Representative, who he considers a friend.

Congratulations, Rick!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Rick for his many years of being a dedicated Bills Season Ticket Member and our Season Ticket Member of the Game. In addition to Rick being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Game, he received two pregame on-field passes to the Jets versus Bills game on Sept. 10,  a club seat upgrade, an autographed item and select 2017 Bills merchandise.

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


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Season Ticket Member of the Game – Kevin Hicks

Posted by Kelly Baker on August 21, 2017 – 4:14 pm

The year is 1991 and the Buffalo Bills are taking on the Los Angeles Raiders for the AFC Championship title. It’s January in Buffalo, so needless to say, the air is cold and the wind is strong, but even the 29-degree wind chill could not keep die hard Bills fan Kevin Hicks from the game.

Unfazed by the cold, Hicks sat in section 335 and witnessed franchise history, as the Bills beat the Raiders 51-3 sending the team to Super Bowl XXV. When reminiscing about the game, Hicks can’t help but recall his all-time favorite player, quarterback Jim Kelly.

These days, Hicks, who is a Buffalo native, proudly attends games to cheer on the team and to see his current favorite player in action, center Eric Wood. Even though Hicks has been a Bills Season Ticket Member for years, he continues to enjoy each game as if it were his first. One of Hicks’ favorite parts of game day at New Era Field is the tailgate. He also looks forward to the pregame ceremony. “There’s always something new every week,” said Hicks.

As a loyal Bills fan, Hicks and some of his friends from college reunite each Sunday in Tonawanda to ride a red, white, and blue Bills themed bus, that they purchased and decorated themselves, to New Era Field. For Hicks, Bills games give him a chance to reunite with old friends and even start new traditions with his family members. Hicks explains he uses his Bills Bucks card to treat his nephew to gear at The Bills Store.

Whether it be riding in style to a tailgate, the ever-changing pregame ceremonies, or just being able to enjoy the company of friends and family, Hicks’ dedication to the Buffalo Bills does not go unnoticed.

Congratulations, Kevin!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Kevin for his many years of being a dedicated Bills Season Ticket Member and our Season Ticket Member of the Game. In addition to Kevin being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Game, he received two pregame on-field passes to the Vikings versus Bills game on Aug. 10, a club seat upgrade, an autographed item and select 2017 Bills merchandise.

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


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Season Ticket Member of the Game – Dave Errick

Posted by Kelly Baker on December 21, 2016 – 10:39 pm

Dave Errick, has been a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member for over 40 years. A Buffalo native, Errick has been attending Bills games since 1970 when he returned from serving in the Vietnam War and became a Season Ticket Member shortly after in 1972. When reflecting on the many Bills memories he’s made over the years, Errick fondly recalls two of his favorites. Like many Bills fans, “The Comeback Game” sits atop Errick’s list as one of the most memorable Bills games he’s attended. Another game that Errick vividly remembers, and describes as the most exciting, is the 1990 AFC Championship game against the Raiders.

“Probably the most exciting one was in 1991 — a playoff game when we played Oakland,” said Errick. “We won 51-3. It was super cold that game.”

Over the years, Errick has enjoyed watching a variety of Bills players take the field. His all-time favorite Bill is linebacker Darryl Talley and current favorite is defensive tackle Kyle Williams. For Errick, game days at New Era Field signify an opportunity to spend quality time with his family members and support the Bills. Each game, Errick makes sure to arrive early so that he can watch as the Bills warm-up before kickoff.

As a veteran, one important part of Errick’s game day experience is the singing of the national anthem.

“That’s always been one of my priorities (the national anthem)…especially being a veteran,” said Errick.

Errick has also come to enjoy the perks associated with being a Bills Season Ticket Member. His favorites include, the Bills Bucks Card and the user-friendly Account Manager.

Congratulations, Dave!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Dave for his many years of being a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member and our Season Ticket Member of the Game for the month of November. In addition to Dave being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Game, he received two pregame on-field passes to the Bills versus Jaguars game on Nov. 27, a club seat upgrade, an autographed football, and select 2016 Bills merchandise.

Moving forward, 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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Season Ticket Member of the Game – Joanie DeKoker

Posted by Kelly Baker on November 22, 2016 – 1:50 pm

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Joanie DeKoker has been a valued Buffalo Bills Season Ticket Member since 2000. A dedicated Bills fan, DeKoker prides herself on attending both home and away games. Celebrating a milestone in her Bills history, the Bills vs. Patriots game on Oct. 30 marked DeKoker’s 100th consecutive game.

Reflecting on the fond memories she’s made throughout the years, DeKoker recalls Buffalo’s first Super Bowl (XXV) appearance as her favorite.

“I went to all of the Super Bowls—all four Super Bowls with my sister,” said DeKoker. “The first one that was my very first Super Bowl ever…you’re just so excited for all those four or five days—you’re just so excited to be there. I remember walking down the street going toward the stadium and the team bus just passed. That was so exciting…the whole Super Bowl experience was so much fun.”

Over the years, DeKoker has enjoyed watching several Bills players take the field. Her all-time favorite Bill is quarterback Daryle Lamonica and her current favorite is cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

“My favorite person is Daryle Lamonica because he’s the one that got me into football,” said DeKoker.  “I love the way he threw the long bomb. He’s known as the ‘Mad Bomber’ and I just thought it was so exciting.”

For DeKoker, an important part of game days at New Era Field is the tailgate.

“It’s really the tailgate,” said DeKoker. “Just being around everybody that has the same common interest. We all love the Bills. We all love the city of Buffalo and most of us grew up here. Just the comradery we have at the tailgate.”

In addition to the game day experience, DeKoker has come to enjoy the perks associated with her membership. Her favorite is the Bills Bucks Card.

Congratulations, Joanie!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Joanie for her many years of being a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member and our second Season Ticket Member of the Game for the month of October. In addition to Joanie being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Game, she received two pregame on-field passes to the Bills versus Patriots game on Oct. 30, a club seat upgrade, an autographed football, and select 2016 Bills merchandise.

If you would like to nominate a Season Ticket Member of the Game, 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 Game Nomination.”

 


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Season Ticket Member of the Game – Tim Gibney

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 19, 2016 – 9:01 am

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Tim Gibney, a dedicated, long-time Buffalo Bills fan, has proudly supported the team for over 30 years. As a Season Ticket Member, Tim attends each home game with his brothers, John and Chris. For Tim and his brothers, coming to Bills games is an opportunity to spend quality time with one another–especially during the tailgate.

The Gibney family’s tailgate ritual includes getting to the parking lot early to toss around a football, play a few games, and have a cook out. Over the years, Tim has come to cherish game days at New Era Field. From the comradery in the parking lot, to the exciting atmosphere during each game, Tim can’t get enough of Bills football.

When reflecting on his fondest Bills memories, Tim and the whole Gibney family can agree that “The Comeback Game” is their favorite. Committed to the Bills, Tim always stays until the end of each game and “The Comeback Game” against the Houston Oilers was no different.

Throughout his time as a Season Ticket Member, Tim has enjoyed watching many Bills players take the field. His all-time favorite is linebacker Darryl Talley and his current favorite is quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

Congratulations, Tim!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Tim for his 30+ years of being a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member and our first Season Ticket Member of the Game for the month of October. In addition to Tim being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Game, he received three pregame on-field passes to the Bills versus 49ers game on October 16, a club seat upgrade, an autographed football, and select 2016 Bills merchandise.

If you would like to nominate a Season Ticket Member of the Game, 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 Game Nomination.”


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Season Ticket Member of the Game

Posted by Kelly Baker on September 13, 2016 – 4:02 pm

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Don Pecyne, a Buffalo native, has been a valued Bills Season Ticket Member for 27 years. Since 1989, Pecyne has created many Bills memories. Still vivid in his mind, Pecyne will never forget attending his first game as a child with his father.

Although he has many, Pecyne fondly remembers two of his favorite Bills moments.

“Both were at home,” said Pecyne. “November of 1988 when the Bills beat the Jets in overtime to win their first AFC East title game since 1980. The other was on my 44th birthday actually, December 30, 1995. The Bills beat the Dolphins in the playoffs—my father was there.”

Through the years, Pecyne has enjoyed watching his all-time favorite players take the field, such as quarterback Jim Kelly and linebacker Bryce Paup. Currently, his favorite member of the team is defensive tackle Kyle Williams.

For Pecyne, attending each Bills home game gives him the opportunity to spend quality time with his family and friends. As a long-time Bills Season Ticket Member, Pecyne’s favorite thing about game day at New Era Field is the experience.

“You get to meet a lot of cool people over the years,” said Pecyne. “It’s very communal…and the game experience is great. As a Season Ticket Member you…share a lot of good memories. Going to New Era Field you sit amongst people…and for that four hour period everybody is together, as one, rooting for one common goal—a Bills victory.”

Pecyne’s favorite perks of being a Bills Season Ticket Member include, receiving a discount at The Bills Store and the Bills Bucks Card.

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Don for his 27 years of being a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member and our first Season Ticket Member of the Game for the month of September. In addition to Don being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Game, he received two pregame on field passes to the Bills versus Jets game on September 15th, a seat upgrade, an autographed football, and select 2016 Bills merchandise.

If you would like to nominate a Season Ticket Member of the Game, 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 Game Nomination.”


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