Expect a large police presence at the Bills game

Posted at 6:28 PM, Sep 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-08 18:28:05-04

Excitement is running high for the home-opener of the Buffalo Bills versus the New York Jets.  However, with over 71,000 fans coming to New Era Field, security is a big concern.

During a morning press conference with the Buffalo Bills and several local law enforcement agencies, it was explained that fans can expect to see SWAT teams and K-9 units around the stadium.  Bomb squads will also be on hand joining members of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Police said they will be enforcing an open container ordinance and looking for DWI drivers.

There will also be a strict crack-down on the use of drones which are prohibited within 3 miles of the stadium starting 6 hours before the game and lasting until 6 hours afterwards.

A coordinated effort between Buffalo Bills security, New York State Police, the Erie County Sheriff's Office, the FBI and Orchard Park Police hopes to prevent any problems that could affect fan safety or enjoyment of the game.

This season, there will be increased use of undercover officers to monitor both commercial and private parking lots.

Fans should be prepared to remove cell phones, cameras and glasses before going through security checkpoints into the stadium.  People are encouraged to arrive at the gates at least one hour before kickoff.

7 Eyewitness News Reporter Ed Reilly has more in his reports.