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New Era Field overnight stay contest draws 2,000 entries

More than 2,000 people submitted entries for a contest to spend the night at New Era Field and enjoy a Buffalo Bills game the next day on Oct. 29.

The contest deadline passed over the weekend. A winner is expected to be announced about a week before the event, said Don Heins, a spokesman for Pegula Sports and Entertainment. Contestants were asked to submit an entry explaining why they should be chosen to win.

The contest is part of a newly formed partnership between the Bills, Buffalo Sabres and Airbnb.

The winning fan and a guest will arrive at New Era Field on Oct. 28 for VIP experiences like a behind-the-scenes look at the stadium, a catered dinner from 716 Food and Sport and an overnight stay in a suite.

The following day, there will be a 12-person tailgate catered by Dinosaur BBQ, a $1,000 shopping spree at the Bills store, a meet-and-greet with Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas and a visit to the field to watch the players warm up. The group will watch the Bills-Raiders game from a suite, before ending the day with postgame field passes.

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