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Patriots' owner lands helicopter at ECC and causes minor damage to the school's football field

Buffalo Bills fans wonder why Robert Kraft was allowed to land his helicopter at ECC South's West Herr Stadium
Posted at 1:11 PM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 17:53:16-04

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. WKBW) — Buffalo Bills fans are still upset over the Bills 16-10 loss to the New England Patriots during a home game at New Era Field on Sunday September 29th.

Many are furious over a 4th quarter hit on Bills quarterback Josh Allen that forced Allen to leave the game with a concussion.

But some fans are also wondering why Patriots' owner Robert Kraft landed his helicopter on the Erie Community College (ECC) West Herr Stadium field - which sits next to the camper lot that was full of tailgating Bills fans.

Cell phone video taken by Tim Phoenix captured the angry reaction that Bills fans had as Kraft walked to a separate vehicle to drive into New Era Field.

According to ECC, the Buffalo Bills asked two weeks ago to make arrangements so Kraft could land in the ECC football field.

Previously, the Patriots' owner would land on property closer to the stadium, but tents are now erected there during games making it unusable as a helicopter landing site.

The helicopter did leave some divots in the ECC field which have to be fixed before the upcoming home football game with the ECC Kats.

Paula Sandy, Director of Marketing and Communications for ECC, said the Buffalo Bills have promised to send over a crew to make repairs to the field.

Sandy explained that the ECC field is considered a safe, alternative landing site for helicopters in that part of Orchard Park due to its open area and security fencing.

The football field at ECC's south campus is also used for emergency helicopter landings and Mercy Flight.