Here’s a quick rundown of 2018 Buffalo Bills Training Camp to start you on your way.
While training camp takes place at St. John Fisher, it’s best to not head right there. Parking is available at four nearby schools, with shuttle service available to and from camp. Shuttle service is $1 per passenger between the ages of 12-62 and is the closest thing to a mandatory cost for fans. Shuttles vary based on practice time at the following locations (click the links to map it out courtesy of Google Maps).
More information on parking and the full shuttle schedule can be found here.
(There is some lawn parking available in people’s home yards near the college for a larger fee.)
What to do
Upon entering, you can’t miss the vendor area. Sponsors and team partners will be represented in this area, engaging with fans. You’ll also find official team merchandise, so this is where you’ll want to be for that shiny new jersey. Complimentary photos will be available in this area.
Concessions will be available (cash only) with selections including pizza and grilled items. Select practices will have food trucks on site. Fans can bring their own food, but the NFL bag guidelines will be in effect, and you will be screened upon entry. Bringing alcohol is prohibited.
If you brought the family, head over to the Bills Experience near the main entrance. Football-related games and challenges await all who enter this arena!
Oh right, you might want to watch the team practice. Practices can be a little hectic, with different drills going on in multiple areas. If you’ve never been, don’t worry, the main field is hard to miss. If you’re still unsure, it’s easy to follow the crowd to the more exciting camp battles.
After each day practice (evenings excluded), kids 14 and under can head to the Kids’ Autograph Zone. Two players will be available in this tent for 15 minutes signing one item for as many kids as “can be accommodated that day.” Autographs are also available at the fence line of the main field as players exit.
If you attend one of the theme days (see the schedule below for dates and times), a limited number of giveaways will be available for fans. They include:
- Ornaments for Christmas in July
- Pink or blue cape on Superhero Day
- Foam hat on Wild West Day
- Dog tags during Military Appreciation Day
- Slap Bracelets, One Buffalo Day
- Pirate Yowies for Pirate Day
- Themed koozies with a purchase of $50 or more at The Bills Store on all theme days
- Stickers for all fans
In addition to the theme days, August 3rd will be “The Return of the Blue and Red” hosted by Bud Light. This evening practice promises fireworks and live commentary and is at New Era Field.
When to be there
Here’s a nice graphic with all of the dates and times for this year’s Training Camp. Practice that require a ticket are marked with an asterisk. Fans are encouraged to be to St. John Fisher 30-60 minutes prior to each practice’s start time and you should budget up to 30 minutes for catching the shuttle bus.
As we detailed here, finding a ticket might not be a simple task. For a rundown of where to purchase your tickets, click through to that link and see where you’ll need to drive.
For further information, visit the Buffalo Bills Training Camp official page.