By the end of the first period, the lower stands were filled with people and the seats had filled in nicely at New Era Field. But it took a while for those fans to get into the stadium.
A confluence of events caused backups entering the stadium Friday afternoon.
A fire on the QEW closed the major highway connecting southern Ontario to Western New York for three hours. Bridge traffic was backed up for over an hour. That caused Canadian fans to arrive later than planned. And the backups continued during their entrance into the stadium.
New Era Field had four gates opened, the normal amount for a crowds between 40,000 and 45,000, said Don Heins, the media contact for Pegula Sports and Entertainment, but the late crush of fans combined with many first-timers to New Era Field unfamiliar with security procedures caused some delays.