After playing their sixth game (and losing their fifth) up at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Buffalo Bills CEO and President Russ Brandon is looking to get out of the deal that sends one home game a season up there that still has four years left on a contract they re-negotiated this past offseason.
There are current and former players including starting center Eric Wood who have been extremely outspoken about this deal in how it isn’t really a home game for the team. The nail in this deal’s coffin could have came Sunday where there was an announced crowd of 38,964; by comparison, Ralph Wilson Stadium holds 73,967 when it’s a sell out and they have sold out their first six games there this season. Also, the weather would have been roughly 30 degrees and windy and freezing rain in Buffalo while the domed stadium was climate controlled at a comfortable 70 degrees and no wind at all.
Another thing that irritates Bills fans greatly is they have no priority access to this game, even if you are a lifelong season ticket holder. This is besides the fact that crossing the border into Canada and back into the U.S. isn’t as easy as it once was.
If this deal suddenly ends, Bills fans will be elated as they have a full compliment eight home games back. It means one more tailgate party before and after games, ideally after a team victory. Finally, for anyone who hasn’t tailgated up in Buffalo, it’s an experience second to none and for some of us, it’s like a family reunion of sorts.