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July 10, 1960: First Buffalo Bills Training Camp Opens

<a href="">Courtesy of the Buster Ramsey Family</a>
Courtesy of the Buster Ramsey Family
Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

On July 10, 1960, the AFL's Buffalo Bills began the first training camp in team history. The team stayed and ate at the Roycroft Inn in East Aurora and practiced on the Knox Polo Field, currently part of the Knox Farm State Park, about 25 miles south of Buffalo.

Without training facilities at the hotel, the team used the East Aurora High School locker rooms, a three and a half mile drive away, as well as the training room. According to, the players were shuttled between hotel, locker room and practice fields by school bus, sometimes driven by players or team personnel.

The team remained at the Roycroft Inn for three training camps, from 1960 to 1962, before moving to the Camelot Hotel in Blasdell from 1963-1967. Subsequent training camp sites have included Niagara University (1968-1980), SUNY Fredonia (1981-1999) and St. John Fisher College in Rochester (2000-present).

Also see: This Day in Buffalo Bills History: Day One - Sports, Ink - The Buffalo News