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Pancho Billa memorial celebration set for day before Bills home opener

A celebration of devout Buffalo Bills fan Ezra "Pancho Billa" Castro will be held Sept. 21, the day before the Bills' home opener, at Hammer's Lot near New Era Field, organizers announced Monday.

According to a tweet from the Pancho Billa Twitter account, the memorial and celebration of life was Castro's personal request before his passing.

The event is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the lot opening at noon. Cars that are tailgating cost $20, with walk-ups and non-tailgating cars free. Donations will benefit the Castro family, organizers said, for a day of "tailgating, memories, prayers, laughter and #panchopower."

Castro died in May in UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas after a long battle with cancer. He was 39.

His passion for the Bills has been celebrated since his death.

The Bills are also a planning a memorial celebration on Sept. 22, as part of the home opener.

For years, Castro did his best to make it to Orchard Park for the first home game of the season.

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