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Your guide to 2019 Bills Training Camp: Schedule, parking, ticket policy

The Bills are set to begin training camp at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford. Here is what you need to know.

How to get there  |  Buffalo Bills experience  |  Vendor area  |  Kids Autograph Zone  |  Camp contact info  |  Theme days  |  Key dates  |  FAQ  |  Where to stay  |  Where to park

Camp schedule

Thursday, July 25: 9:45 a.m.

Friday, July 26: 9:45 a.m.

Saturday, July 27: 9:45 a.m. (Tickets required)

Sunday, July 28: 9:45 a.m. (Tickets required)

Tuesday, July 30: 9:45 a.m. (Closed to the public)

Wednesday, July 31: 9:45 a.m.

Thursday, Aug. 1: 9:45 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 2: 6:15 p.m. (at New Era Field, tickets required)

Sunday, Aug. 4: 2:45 p.m. (Tickets required)

Monday, Aug. 5: 9:45 a.m. (Closed to the public)

Tuesday, Aug. 6: 8:45 a.m.

Note: All practice times are subject to change. Facilities open one hour before practices begin.

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How to get there

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.

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Buffalo Bills Experience

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:

QB Challenge: Cole Beasley is on the 20-yard line waiting for you to throw him the ball. Wait! Is that John Brown on the 5-yard line? You must make the split-second decision of who gets the ball to score the touchdown.

Football Toss: Hit the open receiver to complete the game-clinching first down.

Running Back Challenge: Practice your best spin move, and sidestep oncoming defenders, as you race to the end zone and dive over the pylon.

Billy's Den: Hang out in Billy Buffalo’s sports den and play lawn games. You can get your picture taken with Billy during his designated visits.

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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.

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Kids autograph zone

Two players will sign one item per person for children 14 and under in the autograph tent following practice sessions for 15 minutes. Lines for autographs will be limited to the number of children that can be reasonably accommodated. Players also may sign unannounced along fenced areas after practice. Start time of the autograph tent is flexible each day based on the end time of practice.

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Camp contact info

Phone number: 877-BB-TICKS.

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Theme days

July 26: Princess and Superhero Day

Aug. 1: 60th Season Celebration

Aug. 4: Military Appreciation Day

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Return of the Blue and Red

Night practice on Aug. 2 at New Era Field. Gates open at 5:15 p.m.; practice begins at 6:15 p.m. Parking is free. Tickets are free and mobile only. Fans can visit these locations to pick up a voucher with a code redeemable for up to four tickets.

  • Tops Friendly Markets: 3507 Mt. Read Boulevard, Rochester
  • Tops Friendly Markets: 3980 Maple Rd, Buffalo
  • 7-Eleven: 1100 Southwestern Boulevard, West Seneca
  • Crosby’s: 9440 Main Street, Clarence
  • Sunoco APlus: 8000 Main Street, Williamsville

Key dates

Thursday: First practice.

Aug. 2: Return of the Blue and Red at New Era Field.

Aug. 6: Bills break camp.

Aug. 8: Preseason home game: Bills vs. Colts, 7 p.m. (Kids Day Game).

Aug. 13-14: Joint practices with Panthers.

Aug. 16: Preseason road game: Bills at Panthers, 7 p.m.

Aug. 23: Preseason road game: Bills at Lions, 8 p.m.

Aug. 29: Preseason home game: Vikings at Bills, 7 p.m.

Aug. 31: Roster cutdown to 53 players.

Sept. 8: Season opener: Bills at New York Jets.

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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 877-BB-TICKS or check the camp schedule online at buffalobills.com.

Q: What can I bring?

A: The NFL bag policy is in effect for camp, meaning clear bags smaller than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches are allowed. Also allowed are cameras with lenses of less than 6 inches, unopened food containers carried in the appropriate sized bag, strollers and umbrellas. Among the things explicitly prohibited are alcohol, coolers, drones and video cameras. The Bills reserve the right to restrict any items that are deemed inappropriate or detract from the experience of fans.

Q: How much does it cost to attend camp?

A: It is free to attend, although ticketed practices are mobile only and may include a processing fee.  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.

Q: When should I arrive at camp?

A: Typically, 30 to 60 minutes before practice begins to allow time for security screening. Metal detectors are in use. Fans are asked to remove cameras, glasses cases, keys or phone. Belts, coins, wallets and jewelry do not have to be removed.

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.

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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.

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Where to park

• 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.

There is no parking on campus. Shuttles are available from Mendon and Sutherland. Barker Road will serve as the overflow lot. $1 charge to ride the shuttle. All shuttles are handicap accessible.

Note: July 30 is Play60 Ultimate Field Day. There is no practice scheduled but attendees will need to park off-campus and use the shuttle.

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