New safety measures for fans coming to Bills games this year

Posted at 10:04 AM, Sep 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-13 12:47:14-04

We're learning more about new safety measures being taken at Bills games this year, and they include walk-through metal detectors at every gate.

The Erie County Sheriff's Office says fans will also see increased security presence, which will give a new "look and feel" to New Era Field.

Fans can expect to see uniformed SWAT Team members, additional canines, and more Sheriff's personnel on game days.  The Bills will still employ private security, and there will also be undercover security teams roaming the parking lots and stationed inside the stadium.

At the gates, fans will have to remove the cell phones, cameras, and glasses cases.  They don't have to remove keys, wallets or loose change.  Because of all the changes, the Sheriff's Office is recommending fans get the the gates at least an hour before the game.  Gates open 90 minutes before kickoff.

Patrols are also being increased around the stadium.  Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard said, "The same traffic patterns will remain in effect before and after the game which include stopping through traffic on Abbott Road about five hours before game time while allowing vehicle traffic on sections of Abbott to allow for access to Bills and private lots.  Also, after the game traffic on Big Tree Road (Route 20A) will be restricted to eastbound travel only to help for a more efficient and safer egress for fans."

The Sheriff's Office is holding a press conference this morning to talk about all of the changes.  7 Eyewitness News Reporter Liz Lewin will have more later today.