Buffalo Bills Experience
The interactive games area on the artificial turf field at St. John Fisher Stadium is a highlight of camp for youths. Here's a rundown on 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.
40-Yard Dash -- Do you have the speed to beat your opponents? Feel the jitters that every NFL hopeful experiences as they try to make the team.
4th & Goal Bungee Run -- Can you go the distance with a tough "lineman" trying to hold you back? Challenge your friends to see who can get the Velcro football furthest down the field.
Down & Out -- Step right! Duck left! Combine quick thinking and blazing speed to get the ball past defenders and into the end zone.
Field Goal Kick -- With only 10 seconds left on the clock, you have the chance to win the game. Is it for the extra-point and the tiebreaker? Or will three points put your team over the top.
Football Toss -- Eric Moulds is on the 20-yard line waiting for you to throw him the ball. Wait. Is that Josh Reed on the 5-yard line? You must make the split-second decision of who gets the ball to score the touchdown.
Obstacle Challenge -- The ultimate challenge. Work out like the pros by high stepping through tires and sideswiping defenders.
Run the Gauntlet -- Can you make it in the NFL? Test your strength and skill as you dive over barriers and dodge defenders on your way to overcoming the gauntlet.
Touchdown Run -- 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.
Basketball Free Throw -- You hear a whistle, but this time you're in the NBA. You've been fouled and now is your chance to give your team the lead.
Bills Experience hours
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. when there are morning and afternoon practices.
8 a.m. to noon when there is a morning-only practice.
1 to 6 p.m. when there is an afternoon-only practice.
5 to 9 p.m. when there is an evening practice.
Source: Buffalo Bills.
Near the main entrance of the camp, fans will have the chance to purchase Bills merchandise as well as season, group, and individual game tickets.
Children under the age of 14 can get autographs after each practice at the McDonald's Kids Autograph tent.
Three players per session will be available for 15 minutes and each child can have one item signed. Because of high demand, the lines will be limited to the number of youths that can be accommodated that day. Fans can also get autographs along the fence of the field as players exit practice.
A full-team autograph session will follow each of the two evening practice sessions.
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 call the Training Camp Hotline at 1-800-441-5942.
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: Training camp admission is free. Shuttle buses cost $1 for those age 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 first aid tent will be available for emergency medical needs.
Where to stay
Brookwood Inn, 800 Pittsford-Victor Road, Pittsford. (800) 396-1194.
Days Hotel-Airport, 1273 Chili Ave., Rochester. (585) 464-8800.
EconoLodge Rochester South, 940 Jefferson Road, Rochester. (585) 427-2700.
Fairfield Inn South, 4695 West Henrietta Road, Henrietta. (585) 334-3350.
Hampton Inn Rochester South, 717 East Henrietta Road, Rochester. (585) 272-7800.
Holiday Inn Rochester South, 1111 Jefferson Road, Rochester. (585) 475-1510.
Park Plaza Rochester (formerly Radisson Hotel), 175 Jefferson Road, Rochester. (585) 475-1910.
BED & BREAKFASTS
Bonnie Castle Farm Bed & Breakfast, 6603 Bonnie Castle Road, Wolcott. (315) 587-2273.
A B & B at the Edward Harris House Inn, 35 Argyle St., Rochester. (800) 419-1213.
428 Mt. Vernon, 428 Mt. Vernon Ave., Rochester. (585) 271-0792.
Canandaigua Rochester KOA, 5374 Townline Road, Farmington. (585) 398-3582.
Camp facts and figures
July 31 -- Players report to Bills training camp.
Aug. 7 -- Scrimmage vs. Cleveland Browns, 10 a.m.
August 31 -- Roster cutdown to maximum of 65 players.
September 5 -- Roster cutdown to maximum of 53 players.
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. Turn right on Monroe Avenue. Follow green-and-white road signs to any of the shuttle lots.
There is no public parking on the St. John Fisher College campus. Arrangements have been made with Rochester public transportation to provide fans with a convenient and efficient shuttle service from public parking lots. The lots are located at East Rochester High School and Nazareth College.
Additional parking lots may be announced for night practices and scrimmage weekend.
There is a $1 charge to ride the shuttle buses for riders between the ages of 12 and 62. All services are handicap accessible.
Aug. 1--2:45 to 5:15 p.m.
Aug. 2--8:45 to 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 to 5:15 p.m.
Aug. 3--2:45 to 5:15 p.m.
Aug. 4--8:45 to 10:15 a.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Aug. 5--2:45 to 5:15 p.m.
Aug. 6--8:45 to 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 to 5:15 p.m. (Joint practices with Browns)
Aug. 7--10 a.m. Scrimmage vs. Browns.
Aug. 8--No practice.
Aug. 9--8:45 to 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 to 5:15 p.m.
Aug. 10--2:45 to 5:15 p.m.
Aug. 11--8:45 to 10:45 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Aug. 12--2:45 to 5:15 p.m.
Aug. 13--2:45 to 5:15 p.m.
Aug. 14--No practice.
Aug. 15--Preseason game vs. Denver, 7 p.m. at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Aug. 16--No practice.
Aug. 17--2:45 to 5:15 p.m.
Aug. 18--8:45 to 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 to 5:15 p.m.
Aug. 19--2:45 to 5:15 p.m.
Aug. 20--No practice.
Aug. 21--Preseason game vs. Tennessee, 7 p.m. at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Aug. 22Z--No practice.
Aug. 23--2:45 to 5:15 p.m.
Aug. 24--2:45 to 5:15 p.m.
Aug. 25--8:45 to 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 to 5:15 p.m.
Aug. 26--8:45 to 10:45 a.m. BREAK CAMP
Aug. 27--No practice.
Aug. 28--Preseason game at Indianapolis, 8 p.m.
BILLS TRAINING CAMP HISTORY
1960-1962 Roycroft Inn, East Aurora
1963-1967 Camelot Hotel, Blasdell
1968-1980 Niagara University
1981-1999 Fredonia State College
2000-2004 St. John Fisher College, Pittsford