With training camp right around the corner, here’s a short rundown of the 2019 Buffalo Bills Training Camp for fans to reference when they’re visiting St. John Fisher.
Fans are encouraged to be at Fisher 30-60 minutes prior to each practice’s start time and you should budget up to 30 minutes for catching the shuttle bus (see info below).
Per the team’s official page: “There is no parking on campus for practices open to the public.” The shuttle service is $1 per passenger and all shuttles are accessible for guests with disabilities. The shuttles mostly operate between 8:30 AM and 1:00 PM, with the exception of August 4th, where the schedule is 1:00 to 6:30 PM.
More information on parking can be found here.
(There is some lawn parking available—for a larger fee—at resident properties near the college.)
What to do
After making your way through the entrance, fans will have a chance to trek through the merchandise tent/popup. You’ll find a bunch of official team merchandise, like this sick Josh Allen bobblehead, jerseys/Bills-related clothing, and lots of different items perfect for securing autographs. Information on purchasing season tickets will also be at hand.
Concessions will be available (cash only) with selections including pizza and grilled items. Certain practices will also 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 the little (or not-so-little) ones are in tow, bring them over to the Bills Experience near the main entrance. There are various lawn games, the QB challenge, the football toss and the running back gauntlet for them to burn off some energy.
While Fisher has multiple fields, the main grass field (immediately behind the turf field) is usually where the action is. The team is quick to switch between different drills, so it’s a lot of fun to track one specific position group to see what they’re working on. Near the end of practice there will be a short scrimmage.
After each day’s practice concludes, 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.
Theme days have been scaled back a bit from last year. They now only include:
- Princess and Superhero Day (July 26)
- 60th Season celebration (August 1)
- Military Appreciation Day (August 4)
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. Tickets for The Return of the Blue & Red, presented by Bud Light, are also free and mobile only. Fans need to visit specific distribution locations to pick up a voucher, containing a unique offer code that is redeemable for up to four (4) mobile tickets. Info on the locations can be found here.
Information on finding tickets to the ticketed practices are available at the “Bills Camp Hotline” at 1-877-BB-TICKS. For further information, visit the Buffalo Bills Training Camp official page.