ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Bills fans will experience new security measures when they attend Thursday's home opener.
Fans will see an enhanced security presence and walk-through metal detectors at New Era Field.
The Erie County Sheriff's Office will have SWAT team members, K-9 units and extra personnel on game days to help with the crowds. The Bills will also have private security and undercover security roaming the lots and inside the stadium to deal with unruly fans.
Gates open 90 minutes before the game. When fans arrive at the gates for entry, they will need to remove their cell phones, cameras and glasses case before they get to the front of the line. You will not need to remove keys, wallets or loose change.
Deputies will also be patrolling areas around the stadium as well.
“The same traffic patterns will remain in effect before and after the game which include stopping through traffic on Abbott Road about five hours before game time while allowing vehicle traffic on sections of Abbott to allow for access to Bills and private lots. Also, after the game traffic on Big Tree Road (Route 20A) will be restricted to eastbound travel only to help for a more efficient and safer egress for fans,” said Sheriff Tim Howard, in a released statement.
No glass bottles or binge drinking is allowed in the lots.
Bills officials say that the camper lot is sold out for the first four home games. Fans using the camper lot must purchase camper lot passes in advance.