The Bills are set to begin training camp at St. John Fisher in Pittsford. Here is what you need to know.
Thursday, July 26: 5:30 p.m. (Tickets required)
Friday, July 27: 2:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 28: 8:45 a.m. (Tickets required)
Sunday, July 29: 8:45 a.m. (Tickets required)
Tuesday, July 31: 8:45 a.m. (Closed to the public)
Wednesday, Aug. 1: 8:45 a.m.
Thuday, Aug. 2: 8:45 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 3: 6:15 p.m. (at New Era Field, tickets required)
Sunday, Aug. 5: 2:15 p.m. (Tickets required)
Monday, Aug. 6: 8:45 a.m. (Closed to the public)
Tuesday, Aug. 7: 8:45 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 10: 4:45 p.m. (at New Era Field, closed to the public)
Sunday, Aug. 12: 2:15 p.m. (Tickets required)
Monday, Aug. 13: 8:45 a.m. (Closed to the public)
Tuesday, Aug. 14: 8:45 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 15: 8:45 a.m.
Note: All practice times are subject to change. Facilities open one hour before practices begin.
From Buffalo and points west:
• Take I-90 East to Exit 46.
• Take I-390 North to I-590 North.
• Take I-590 North to Monroe Ave. (Route 31).
• Turn right onto Monroe Ave.
• Follow green-and-white road signs to any of the shuttle lots.
The interactive games area adjacent to the practice fields is a highlight of camp for kids. 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 Kelvin Benjamin 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.
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.
The 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 unannounced 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.
Phone number: (877) BB-TICKS.
July 29: Christmas in July
Aug. 1: Princess and Super Hero Day
Aug. 2: Wild West Day
Aug. 5: Military Appreciation Day
Aug. 7: One Buffalo Day
Aug. 14: Pirate Day
July 26: First practice.
Aug. 9: Preseason home game: Bills vs. Panthers, 7 p.m.
Aug. 15: Bills break camp.
Aug. 26: Preseason home game: Bills vs. Bengals, 4 p.m.
Sept. 1: Roster cutdown to 53 players.
Sept. 9: Season opener: Bills at Ravens.
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 at 1-877-BB-TICKS or the camp schedule online.
Q: What can I bring?
A: Among the things explicitly prohibited is alcohol. The Bills reserve the right to restrict any items that are deemed inappropriate or detract from the experience of fans. Fans can bring their own food, beverages, small coolers, 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 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.
• 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.
• Mendon High School, 472 Mendon Road, Pittsford.
• Sutherland High School, 55 Sutherland St., Pittsford.
• Barker Road Middle School, 75 Barker Road, Pittsford.
• Calkins Road Middle School, 1899 Calkins Road, Pittsford.
Mendon and Sutherland will be the primary lots daily except July 26. On all other days, Barker and Calkins Road will be overflow lots. $1 charge to ride the shuttle for riders between the ages of 12 and 62. All shuttles are handicap accessible.