A busy offseason in Buffalo has paid off in terms of ticket sales.
Adding Mario Williams, Mark Anderson and Stephon Gilmore while also re-signing Stevie Johnson and others has resulted in the team selling all the individual game tickets to the first two games at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills made individual tickets available to season ticket holders at the end of the week and they cleared the team out of tickets for games against the Chiefs and Patriots. According to the Buffalo News, there are still season ticket packages available and the general public will be allowed to buy individual game tickets in July.
That’s a big turnaround for a team that wasn’t able to sell out last year’s Christmas Eve game against Tim Tebow and the Broncos. That resulted in a local TV blackout, something that has happened other times in recent years as well.
The trick for the Bills will be keeping interest high enough to sell out the games late in the season as well. Once the weather turns, Bills games are a tougher sell and that’s especially true if the team is heading nowhere. If the Bills don’t unload all of their tickets before the season, they’ll need to play well enough to convince people during the season.
Those offseason moves will need to result in more than just preseason buzz to pay off for the Bills, but the buzz certainly isn’t hurting them at this point.