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Buffalo Bills not considering moving training camp out of state because of COVID-19

The Bills will hold whatever camp they have in NY

July 26, 2012; Pittsford, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills fans enter the training camp facility at St. John Fisher College.   Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-US PRESSWIRE
July 26, 2012; Pittsford, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills fans enter the training camp facility at St. John Fisher College. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-US PRESSWIRE

As restrictions on activities begin to ease from the initial stay-at-home and quarantine orders from governors around the country, some NFL teams in areas more affected than others by the pandemic have begun to consider relocating their training camp to an out-of-state location less affected.

Not so for the Buffalo Bills, says Adam Benigni, sports director from WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo.

Apparently, the Bills believe, that somewhere in New York state, likely the Ad Pro Sports Center training facility in Orchard Park or St. John Fisher College in Rochester, are going to be suitable for the Bills to hold their training camp.

Which of those two locations will likely depend on the possibility of fans being in attendance. The primary reason that St. John Fisher hosts the Bills and is contracted to do so through 2021 is the opportunity it gives Rochester fans to interact with the team in a way they wouldn’t otherwise. If that fan experience isn’t possible because of COVID-19, then the motivation behind the location is gone in the first place.

Several NFL team states are still shut down and the league has said unless all the teams can practice, none of them can practice. Eventually, there may be a push for teams in locked down states to move camp elsewhere so everyone can open.