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August 15, 1980: Bills Hold Final Workout At Niagara University

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

The Buffalo Bills had been holding training camp at Niagara University for 13 years. In 1980, however, the team held their final practice there. Bills GM Stew Barber said arrangements could no longer be worked out as students were returning while camp was going on, setting up a logistical nightmare.

The Bills moved to Niagara University in 1968 after a five year stint at the Camelot Inn in Blasdell. The team was looking for a larger facility having outgrown the two fields built adjacent to the Inn. The team utilized dormitories, food service and locker room facilities at the college, along with a number of athletic fields, making the college setting seem perfect. Niagara University is located in Lewiston, just north of Niagara Falls, NY.

The Bills moved on to SUNY Fredonia in 1981. That facility is the longest-tenured in team history at 19 years; Niagara is in second, followed by the current setting at St. John Fisher, which is hosting their eleventh training camp this year.