Bills season-ticket sales drop less than 2%

September 6, 2013 Updated Sep 6, 2013 at 2:20 PM EDT

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Bills season-ticket sales drop less than 2%

September 6, 2013 Updated Sep 6, 2013 at 2:20 PM EDT

As the Buffalo Bills prepare to open another National Football League season on Sunday there will be a full house at Ralph Wilson Stadium though there will be fewer fans with season tickets.

The Bills said they have 42,540 season-ticket accounts for 2013, down about 1.7 percent from the 43,265 the team sold last season. That's also the second-lowest total in the past 10 years, ahead of the 37,355 sold in 2011. Seating capacity at the Orchard Park stadium is 73,079.

The Bills did not increase season-ticket prices for a fourth consecutive season. The Bills, who hired a new head coach in Doug Marrone - have failed to make the playoffs since 1999.

Sunday's game is a rather easy sell considering it is the home opener and the opponent is the New England Patriots, an AFC East Division rival featuring coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. Kick off is at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on CBS and WIVB-TV in the Buffalo market.

Here are the Bills' season-ticket sales over the past 10 seasons:

2004 - 42,553
2005 - 47,246
2006 - 43,187
2007 - 48,236
2008 - 56,011
2009 - 55,194
2010 - 43,925
2011 - 37,355
2012 - 43,265
2013 - 42,540

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