Share this article

print logo

Bills Training Camp Guide: What every fan needs to know

Buffalo Bills Experience

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

Bills Slide - Race your friends to the top and see who can slide down the fastest.
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.
Running Back Challenge - Practice your best spin move, and sidestep oncoming defenders, as you race to the end zone and dive over the pylon.
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?
Red Zone - It is goal to go and you need to lead your team into the end zone. You have the ball and are headed toward the end zone, but first you have to go around and over the defensive linemen.

CAMP SCHEDULE
Thursday, July 27: 5:30 p.m.
Friday, July 28: 2:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 29: 8:45 a.m.
Sunday, July 30: 8:45 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 1: 8:45 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 2: 8:45 a.m.
Thursday, Aug. 3: 8:45 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 4: 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 6: 2:15 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 7: 8:45 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 8: 8:45 a.m.
Thursday, Aug. 10: Bills vs. Vikings, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 13: 2:15 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 14: 8:45 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 15: 8:45 a.m.

Tickets are required for practices on July 27, Aug. 4, Aug. 6 and Aug. 13 and the game at New Era Field on Aug. 10. All practice times are subject to change. Facilities open one hour before practices begin.

VENDOR AREA
Near the main entrance of the camp, fans will have the opportunity to interact with Bills sponsors and team partners, receive complimentary souvenir photos, and purchase official Bills merchandise. Information on purchasing season tickets as well as individual game tickets is also available at the Bills Information Booth at the front of the tent.

KIDS AUTOGRAPH ZONE
Players will sign one item per person for children 14 and under in the autograph tent following practice sessions. Lines for autographs will be limited to the number of children that can be reasonably accommodated. Players may also sign unnanounced along fenced areas after practice. Start time of the autograph tent is flexible each day based on the end time of practice. There will be no organized autograph sessions following night practices.

CAMP CONTACT INFO
Phone number: (877) 228-4257.

Source: Buffalo Bills

KEY DATES

July 27
First day of practice
Aug. 15
Bills break camp
Sept. 3
Roster cutdown to 53 players. There no longer is an intermediate cutdown to 75 players.
Sept. 10
Season opener: Bills vs. Jets, 1 p.m.

HOW TO GET THERE
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.

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.
The best way for fans to get the most up-to-the-minute practice info is by calling the Buffalo Bills Training Camp Hotline (1-877-BB-TICKS) or by viewing the camp schedule online.
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 or detract from the experience of other fans. Fans can bring their own food, beverages, small coolers, thermoses, cameras, etc.
Q: How much does it cost to attend camp?
A: It is free to attend. Food and beverages will be 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. Tickets are required for all evening practices.
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 a Bills Information Booth within the vendor area and a first aid tent available next to the Bills Experience Area to handle any emergency medical needs.

WHERE TO STAY

• Hilton Garden Inn, 800 Pittsford Victor Road, Pittsford (585) 249-6031.
• Best Western, 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.

WHERE TO PARK

• Mendon High School, 472 Mendon Road, Pittsford,14534.
• Sutherland High School, 55 Sutherland St., Pittsford, 14534.
• Barker Road Middle School, 75 Barker Road, Pittsford, 14534.
• Calkins Road Middle School, 1899 Calkins Road, Pittsford, 14534.
Mendon and Sutherland will be the primary lots except on July 27, when Mendon and Barker Road will be the primary lots. On all other days Barker Road and Calkins Road will be overflow lots. There is a $1 charge to ride the shuttle for riders between the ages of 12-62. All shuttles are handicap accessible.

Story topics: /

There are no comments - be the first to comment