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Heading to Buffalo Bills’ Week 1 home opener? Expect delays

The team is working to ease the problem, longer entry times expected

Football is back! Are you going to the home opener this weekend as the Buffalo Bills take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at Highmark Stadium? Well, if so, it sounds like you might have longer than normal wait times.

The Twitter account for Highmark Stadium is urging fans to “Please arrive early and be patient.” The account cites the “staffing shortage that is affecting WNY” for their plea for patience. They add “we are doing the best we can.” Part of their best is opening the gates at 11:00 a.m., two hours before kickoff.

Tim Graham expands on the warning, reporting that season ticket holders are being told to enter by noon if they want to avoid missing the 1:00 p.m. kickoff time. Graham also points out that the 11:00 a.m. time for the gates to open is 30 minutes earlier than normal.

Highmark Stadium is expected to be hopping in a perfect storm of fan enthusiasm. The Bills are widely expected to be “good” following an AFC Championship appearance last season. The lack of fans last year means most attendees will be raring to go. Add in a popular conference rival, perfect outdoor weather, and the fact that it’s the home opener and it’s likely to be a full house.

The reports cited above don’t go into too many specifics, but it’d be wise to assume that the troubles will extend into the stadium. Call it an educated guess from Buffalo Rumblings, but expect to wait awhile in concessions lines, etc. as well.