Inside The Bills

Season Ticket Member of the Month – July

Posted by Kelly Baker 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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Season Ticket Member of the Month – June

Posted by Kelly Baker 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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Season Ticket Member of the Month – May

Posted by Kelly Baker 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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Season Ticket Member of the Month – March

Posted by Kelly Baker on March 20, 2017 – 3:59 pm

Don Smith has been a passionate Bills fan and valued Season Ticket Member for over four decades. A Buffalo native, Smith has come to cherish the time he’s spent cheering on his team and the unforgettable memories he’s made along the way. Reflecting on some of his most prized moments, Smith fondly explained that witnessing the Bills pull off one of the greatest comeback wins in sports history tops his list.

“Probably the favorite memory [I have] is ‘The Greatest Comeback,’ that is always right up there,” said Smith. “[But] if I put it in order, it would be going to the first Super Bowl.”

Over the years, Smith has enjoyed watching a variety of Bills players take the field. From his all-time favorite player quarterback Jim Kelly to his current favorite player QB Tyrod Taylor, Smith has proven himself a die-hard fan. For Smith, game days at New Era Field represent the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with his son and wife.

“There’s nothing like being out there [for] a big game,” said Smith. “Each Sunday it’s always special when the Bills are at home…it’s the whole thing.”

Like many other Bills Season Ticket Members, Smith appreciates the perks associated with his membership – especially the relationship he’s developed with his dedicated Account Service Representative, Ricky Ferrell.

Congratulations, Don!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Don 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 Don 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, 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 Members of the Month – August

Posted by Kelly Baker on August 26, 2016 – 10:09 am

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Patrick Mooney has been a loyal Buffalo Bills fan and Season Ticket Member for the last 46 years. A resident of Le Roy, N.Y., Mooney attended his first Bills game with a close friend in 1969, after spending four years serving in the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam. From watching his All-Time favorite Bills players such as quarterbacks Jack Kemp, Jim Kelly and Doug Flutie to his current favorite Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor and wide receiver Sammy Watkins, Mooney has made many lasting memories.

“I’ve had a lot of fun going to the games over the years,” said Mooney.

Although it’s difficult for Mooney to select a single favorite Bills memory, there is one game that is still very vivid in his mind—the 1990 AFC Divisional Playoff game.

“One of the best that I enjoyed was the Kansas City game, when they (Bills) made the playoffs,” said Mooney. “It was in January, and the weather was exceptionally warm…you would never believe it.”

As a long-time Season Ticket Member, Mooney has come to cherish his time spent on Sundays at the stadium with his family.

“I enjoy spending the day with the family, going up with lots of friends” said Mooney. “We have a large camper we go up in and we cook, tailgate and talk about the game. We have a lot of fun.”

Congratulations, Patrick!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Patrick for his 46 years of being a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member and our first Season Ticket Member of the Month for the month of August. In addition to Patrick being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Month, he received two pregame on field passes to the Bills versus Colts game on August 13th, a seat upgrade, an autographed football, and select 2016 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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Season Ticket Member of the Month – July

Posted by Kelly Baker on July 11, 2016 – 9:12 am

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Name: John M. Montanari

Hometown: Tonawanda, N.Y.

Season Ticket Member Since: 4/1/1988

Favorite Current Bills: Kyle Williams and Sammy Watkins

Favorite All-Time Bills: OJ Simpson, Jim Kelly and Andre Reed

Favorite Bills Memory: 1990-1991 AFC Divisional Playoff Game versus Miami, when the stadium was so loud that you could feel the upper level bouncing up and down. The fans were going crazy.

Favorite part of Sundays at Ralph Wilson Stadium: Tailgating atmosphere with friends and family.

Best part of being a Bills Season Ticket Member: The opportunity to have the same great seats, sitting around the same people each week, and they become your good friends as the years progress.

Favorite Bills Season Ticket Member Perk: The ability to be able to purchase the discounted parking.

Favorite Tailgate Ritual: Trying to come up with a menu item to match up to the team we are playing that week.

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank John for his 25+ years of being a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member and our 3rd Season Ticket Member of the Month. In addition to John being selected as Season Ticket Member of the Month, John will receive 2 pregame on field passes to a home game, an autographed football, and select 2016 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.” A new Season Ticket Member will be recognized and featured each month for the 2016 season.

*Above photo is John with his daughter Lauren.


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Season Ticket Member of the Month – June

Posted by Kelly Baker on June 23, 2016 – 12:01 pm

Name: James Gutillo

Hometown:  Buffalo, NY

Season Ticket Member Since:  3/1/1981

Favorite Current Bills:  Kyle Williams, LeSean McCoy and Eric Wood

Favorite All-Time Bills:  Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and Bruce Smith

Favorite Bills Memory: When the Bills beat Miami on the road in the 1989 season opener and Jim Kelly rushed for the game winning touchdown.

Favorite part of Sundays at Ralph Wilson Stadium:  Tailgating atmosphere with friends and family.

Best part of being a Bills Season Ticket Member: The opportunity to have the same great seat, sitting around the people you know each game to watch your favorite team.

Favorite Bills Season Ticket Member Perk: Bills Bucks card to use at the stadium on merchandise.

Favorite Tailgate Ritual: Eating good and drinking sensibly.

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank James for his 30+ years of being a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member and our second Season Ticket Member of the Month. In addition to James being selected as Season Ticket Member of the Month, James will receive 2 pregame on field passes to a home game, an autographed football, and select 2016 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.” A new Season Ticket Member will be recognized and featured each month for the 2016 season.


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