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Headed to Buffalo Bills training camp? Here’s what you need to know

Camp schedule

Saturday, July 30: 10 a.m.-noon.

Sunday, July 31: 10 a.m.-noon.

Monday, Aug. 1: 10 a.m.-noon.

Tuesday, Aug. 2: 6-8 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 4: 10 a.m.-noon.

Friday, Aug. 5: 10 a.m.-noon.

Saturday, Aug. 6: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 8: 10 a.m.-noon.

Tuesday, Aug. 9: 10 a.m.-noon.

Wednesday, Aug. 10: 10 a.m.-noon.

Thursday, Aug. 11: 6-8 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 13: Bills vs. Colts, 7 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 15: 10 a.m.-noon.

Tuesday, Aug. 16: 10 a.m.-noon.

Wednesday, Aug. 17: 10 a.m.-noon.

Thursday, Aug. 18: 6-8 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 20: Bills vs. N.Y. Giants, 4:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 22: 6-8 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 26: Bills at Redskins, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 1: Bills at Lions, 7 p.m.

Tickets are required for the practices on Aug. 2, 6, 11, 18 and 22.

All practice times are subject to change and facilities open one hour before practices beigin.

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The interactive games area adjacent to the practice fields is a highlight of camp for youths. It is open whenever the Bills practice. There will be a Bills Super Slide for kids. Here’s a rundown of the challenges:

Quarterback Challenge: The pressure is on as three receivers are open to catch your game-winning pass. But watch out. There is a “huge” defender who wants to get to you first.

Field Goal Challenge: You’re in the final seconds of the game and the coach has sent you out to clinch the game for your team. Can you overcome the pressure and put the ball through the uprights?

Football Toss: Charles Clay is on the 20-yard line waiting for you to throw him the ball. Wait. Is that Sammy Watkins on the 5-yard line? You must make the split-second decision of who gets the ball to score the touchdown.

Bills Blaster: The end zone is in sight but the defensive linemen are blocking you at every turn. Blast past and through the course and then you must dive into the end zone to score the winning touchdown.

Red Zone: It is your opportunity to win the game. You have the ball, are headed toward the end zone, but first you have to go around and over the defensive linemen.

Obstacle Course: Dash around the defense, run through the rope course, take the long snap and throw the ball to the receiver in the end zone.

Vendor area

Near the main entrance of the camp, fans will have the chance to purchase Bills merchandise. Tickets are available online and by calling (877) 228-4257.

Kids Autograph zone

Children younger than 14 can get autographs after each practice at the Kids Autograph Zone tent. Each child can have one item signed. Because of high demand, the lines will be limited to the number of youths who can be accommodated that day. Fans can also get autographs along the fence of the field as players exit practice.

Camp contact info

Phone number: (877) 228-4257

Frequently asked questions

Q: What happens if it rains?

A: If inclement weather prevents the Bills from practicing outdoors, the team will move indoors and those practices are closed to the public. The interactive areas will also be closed when practice is canceled. For updates, see buffalobills.com or call (877) 228-4257.

Q: What can I bring?

A: Among the things explicitly prohibited is alcohol. The Bills also reserve the right to restrict any items that are deemed inappropriate. Fans can bring their own food, beverages, small coolers, thermoses, cameras, etc.

Q: How much does it cost to attend camp?

A: Training camp admission is free. Shuttle buses cost $1 for those ages 12 to 62. Food and beverages are available at concession stands and are cash only. Bills merchandise and tickets are available for purchase in the vendor area and all major credit cards are accepted.

Q: Will there be restrooms for the public?

A: Public restrooms will be located throughout the fan areas. College buildings, however, will be closed to the public at all times.

Q: Where can I go for questions or in the event of an emergency?

A: There will be an information booth within the vendor area and a first aid tent will be available to handle any emergency medical needs.

The Buffalo News_The Buffalo News_2016_July_24_Buffalo News_All Editions_B_GEI-NULL_1_16Key dates

July 30: First day of practice.

Aug. 22: Bills break camp.

Aug. 30: Roster cutdown to 75 players.

Sept. 3: Roster cutdown to 53 players.

Sept. 11:  Week 1, Bills at Ravens 1 p.m., CBS

Directions

From Buffalo and points west: Take New York State Thruway to Exit 46. Take Route 390 North to Route 590 North to Monroe Avenue (Route 31). Turn right on Monroe Avenue. Follow green-and-white road signs to any of the shuttle lots.

Where to park

• Sutherland High School, 55 Sutherland St., Pittsford, 14534

• Pittsford Mendon High School, 472 Mendon Road, Pittsford, 14534.

• Barker Road Middle School, 75 Barker Road, Pittsford, 14534. (overflow).

The Pittsford Mendon High School and Sutherland High School lots will be used for all practices. The Barker Road Middle School serves as the overflow facility. There will be a $1 charge for ages 12-62 to ride the shuttle buses and all services are handicap accessible.

Where to stay

• Hilton Garden Inn, 800 Pittsford-Victor Road, Pittsford. (585) 248-9000.

• Best Western Rochester Marketplace Inn, 940 Jefferson Road, Rochester. (585) 427-2700.

• Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 800 Jefferson Road, Rochester. (585) 475-9190.

• Fairfield Inn South, 4695 West Henrietta Road, Henrietta. (585) 334-3350.

• Holiday Inn Express, 717 East Henrietta Road, Rochester. (585) 272-7800.

• Comfort Inn, 2729 Monroe Ave, Rochester. (585) 273-8410.

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