NewsLocal News


Buffalo Bills home opener: what fans can expect

New tailgate village, more food items, and special tribute to "Pancho Billa"
Posted at 6:18 PM, Sep 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 05:33:18-04

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WKBW) — Buffalo Bills fans are riding high after the team won its first two games and returns to New Era Field in Orchard Park for its home opener against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday September 22 at 1 p.m.

While security will be much the same as last season, there are some changes in the way mobile ticketing is handled.

The biggest change is mobile ticket "screenshots" will no longer work at the gate.

Those who use the "My One Buffalo" app to get tickets, need to download the newest version before they get to the gate.

There are new rules for the bus and limousine parking lot. Fans will now have to use the tailgate village that will include tents, tables, chairs and disc-jockey music. The change is meant to improve the fan experience and reduce the number of problems in the bus/limousine parking lot (no people jumping off school buses onto tables).

There is more information about the new tailgate village available here.

Inside the stadium, fans will find new brew pubs and a wide variety of new food items that have been crafted by Delaware North chefs.

See the new food choices here.

Fans are encouraged to get to the game early to watch a special pre-game ceremony remembering Bills' superfan "Pancho Billa." "Pancho Billa," whose real name is Ezra Castro, died from cancer earlier this year. The Dallas-area Bills fans because a symbol of die-hard team devotion and was chosen to announce the Bills player choice during the 2018 NFL Draft (Harrison Phillips - Defensive Tackle).

The Erie County Sheriffs Office remind fans that glass bottles are not allowed in the stadium or tailgating areas.

Don't bring a drone to any area near the stadium on gameday. It will get you into trouble with the Bills, law enforcement and the FAA.

The Buffalo Bills have more information about parking, fan conduct, and tailgating here.