Detroit, Toronto, New Jersey are primary alternatives for Jets-Bills

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If the Week 12 game between the Jets and Bills can’t be played at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, it will be played at a different location.  Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the three options for an alternative venue are Detroit, Toronto, and New Jersey.

A decision currently is expected to be made by Friday afternoon.

If the game remains in Buffalo, it most likely would be played on Monday or Tuesday night.  Even though the snow won’t be falling by the time Monday and Tuesday roll around, the snow still needs to be cleared — and it will be difficult to have police and emergency personnel present for the game.

Detroit makes the most sense as an alternative destination.  Logistically, it could be difficult to get two teams and their personnel clearance for a quick trip to Canada, and it would be competitively unfair to give the Jets an extra home game.  With Detroit being the hometown of the late Ralph Wilson, who founded the Bills in 1960, it would be fitting for Detroit to host a Bills game in the same year he passed away.

75 responses to “Detroit, Toronto, New Jersey are primary alternatives for Jets-Bills

  1. How about no. So then all the fans who have tickets to this game have to scramble and buy a plane ticket to Detroit? I think they’d be better off just postponing the game to Monday or Tuesday at this point. That way the Bills can get a few practices in.

  2. Cancel the game and if it is a determining factor for the playoffs (which neither team looks to be headed to), make them play at the end of the season… treat it like a second bye week.

  3. Panthers on bye week. Charlotte has more than enough Bills/Jet fan transplants to fill the stadium

  4. How about Syracuse U?? That is about a “middle point” between both teams and the game would still be played in New York?

  5. One more suggestion. How about Cortland? It’s up north close to Buffalo and still in New York State?

  6. branimir9000 says:
    Nov 20, 2014 2:15 PM

    Speculation? UB Stadium? Amherst is not under multiple feet of snow. Syracuse Carrier Dome?

    Both of these are more logical choices.

    UB stadium is short distance from me in Amherst (Buffalo suburb) and we only have 4 inches of snow, but the UB stadium capacity is probably only 31,000…

  7. As a Bills fan, I would question the integrity of the NFL —– which all of us already do —– if they played the game in New Jersey.

    Especially considering there are less hostile venue options for the Bills “home game”, it’s ridiculous that New Jersey even made any “finalist list” of options.

  8. But who wants to go to Detroit?

    At least in the Meadowlands, Bills fans can get on I-87S and be there in a few hours. Or take the Amtrak Lake Shore Line into Penn Station.

  9. To those suggesting the Carrier dome, it seats about 20,000 less people than the Ralph does. Assuming this game is a sellout I don’t think the Bills will consider any option that would require that 20,000 fans be turned away who already bought tickets.

  10. Why not use Cleveland’s First Energy Stadium? Buffalo and Cleveland are 3 hours apart, Browns will be in ATL, they still get to play in the snow, and the city could use any economic boost they can get.

  11. To everyone saying Carrier Dome, how exactly do you plan to decide which fans who already bought tickets actually get to get in? There are 22000 who would not fit. That would never work. The new venue has to have the capacity of an NFL stadium.

  12. The Jets were off last week, playing mon or tues would give them extra rest ( not that they would complain i am sure ) , then the jets dont play again until monday night. i dont think that would be fair to the Bills – and they have not really be able to practice this week either, and what if another snow storm comes next week for the cleveland – bills game, what then. play on sunday at a college in north buffalo – moving the game is not fair. safety first people!

  13. Cleveland seems like the obvious choice here, not sure what the issue is? Can be a quick flight.

  14. whatnojets says: Nov 20, 2014 2:21 PM

    One more suggestion. How about Cortland? It’s up north close to Buffalo and still in New York State?
    ………………
    Cortland is a division 3 school in the middle of nowhere. In addition to the campus and town not having the capacity to host an NFL game, the “stadium” there (which you can’t even really call it a stadium, there are HS fields nicer ) would not even hold one side of the 300’s at the Ralph.

  15. It’s going to be like that Miami-SD fire game at Sun Devil Stadium. Bring in two cans, get in free and get liquored up. Never saw so many fights in my life. The NFL might not want to repeat that failure.

  16. Why not Cleveland? Browns play in ATL. Cleveland 3 hours and 189 miles away. Easy commute for Bills fans.

  17. I agree with the Carrier Dome being a good choice, but along with the AHL game Sat. night, if the game is pushed to Tues. Orange b-ball has a home game that night.

    Move it to Monday, 5:30 kickoff and bump Ravens Saints to 9:30 kickoff.

  18. Has simulating the game on Madden been considered? 95% of NFL Fans would live with those results.

  19. What about the University of Buffalo stadium?

    Nearby/31,000 seats/ North of Buffalo and out of the snow belt/Therefore much less snow.

  20. I think we will put the game in London, or Dubai. Possibly Valencia. Grow the game!

    -Signed
    Roger the Dodger Goodell, worst commissioner in sports.

  21. Can’t anyone read a map any more ? Toronto is less than 100 miles from Buffalo and is getting a lot of the same snow. Its also from -2 to -5 there at the moment with wind blowing 20+ mph with gusts to 50.

    Not a great alternative.

  22. Toronto is the logical choice. These guys should all have passports, so the logistics are a non issue.

  23. how about ralph Wilson stadium….

    if they can move an eagles game from Sunday to Tuesday because of the possible existence of a killer storm, they can move the bills game because of a real storm…

  24. This takes me back 11 years ago when the Dolphins @ Chargers had to be moved to Phoenix/Tempe because of the wildfires in the SD area because Qualcomm was being used as an evacuation area. No, fire isn’t snow, but the circumstances were somewhat similar in that the NFL had to scramble to host a game in a different city. Of course, they had real leadership back then with Tagliabue to make it happen seamlessly.

  25. They can’t play in Syracuse because they’re holding hockey games in the Carrier Dome on Sunday.

  26. I’d just dress a bunch of guys in Bills jerseys, plant them in the stadium, and see if the Jets can make it there. If not, they forfeit.

  27. Cleveland can’t work because of lack of thruway access. Toronto cant host a game when they actually have time to prepare. Syracuse is hosting an AHL hockey game saturday. UB Stadium is unfortunately too small. Pittsburg has high school and college games this weekend. Its harder than it seems folks.

  28. The Bills don’t want to play the game Tuesday because it will cut into their prep time for the following Sunday. Jets don’t play until following Mon in NJ.
    Game will probably be in Det, Toronto is a dirty word in Western NY right now, and Bills don’t want to go there.

  29. I remember when the Saints had the home game at Giants Stadium against the Giants after Katrina. It wasn’t much of a home game, either play at a neutral site or postpone the game.

  30. Toronto doesn’t have the capacity either. About 6k less seats I believe.
    Cleveland or Pit makes the most sense but another option I think they should look at is the Shoe at Ohio State which has about double the capacity and is only a 5 hour drive from buffalo. Sell discounted tickets for remaining seats.

  31. Why not Toronto? It would be a huge success, they love their football. Oh yeah, been there already, didn’t work out to well. Toronto, the non football market.

  32. Move the game to Detroit and postpone it. That way no emergency people have to divert their attention in Buffalo and the teams (Bills) have a chance to get some practices in so that they’re prepared.

  33. Best choice would be to just wait and let the snow be removed and melt and play on Tuesday? in probably at least a half foot of water and sludge. I will be amazed if the drainage at the Ralph and surrounding municipal infrastructure can handle that much water and ice and …gunk.

    Wotta revoltin’ development.

    Meanwhile, are the Bills on a Web-seminar or on a private Maden X-box link up?

  34. brian55906 says:
    Nov 20, 2014 2:25 PM
    As a Bills fan, I would question the integrity of the NFL —– which all of us already do —– if they played the game in New Jersey.

    Especially considering there are less hostile venue options for the Bills “home game”, it’s ridiculous that New Jersey even made any “finalist list” of options.
    ~~~~~~~
    They really don’t care about home field advantage of non-“money” teams. They already scheduled (for next year) Miami’s “home” game against the Jets (biggest division rival) in London (which is much closer to NY/NJ than Florida). At least this is an “emergency contingency” for the Bills rather than a scheduled screwing. That said, they should not play this game in NJ. That’s just crap.

  35. Carrier Dome – Booked
    Toronto – Passports on short notice?
    UB? Too small

    Keep in in OP – go to Tuesday or Make it the week of wild card games. We can pretend the Bills made the playoffs and didn’t disappoint for 15 years.

  36. Why play in an empty stadium if they move the game to a neutral site. Just cancel it, it’s not like there are any playoff implications involved here.

  37. Really well I guess there are some die hard fans and some that don’t have anything else to do. Honestly who really wants to see jets vs bills. Smh lol😂

  38. Really well I guess there are some die hard fans and some that don’t have anything else to do. Honestly who really wants to see jets vs bills. Smh

  39. Can’t wait to hear from the fans who get completely screwed over if the league moves the game to another city. The fight over refunds will be great, that is the last thing they will offer.

  40. Neither team going anywhere this year, so no decision affects the playoffs. Bills and Jets are divisional opponents who play a home-and-home each season, just like any other divisional opponents.

    So play the game in Jersey this year, and even things up by playing both games in Buffalo next year. Could either have the ticket holders in Buffalo hang on to the game tickets and redeem them next season, or have the NFL do a “swap” where Bills fans could exchange it for a Jersey ticket or sell the for cash, and NY/NJ area fans could buy equivalent Jersey tix.

    Yes, it sucks for Buffalo to have 9 road games this year. And it will suck for Jets to have 9 road games next year. Not the ideal situation, but any “edge” is evened out next season.

    Play the game Monday night in NJ (Cowboys at Giants is the NBC Sunday night game). Much better chance to sell out there vs. Syracuse. Would have to do a quick turnaround for back-to-back games, and work around the Ravens @ Saints (the “regular” MNF game).

    But over the long haul, you have an extra game in the largest market, giving best probable ticket sales for this game (not sure how next year’s season tickets would work for Jets fans).

  41. njsaintfan says:
    Nov 20, 2014 3:16 PM
    I remember when the Saints had the home game at Giants Stadium against the Giants after Katrina. It wasn’t much of a home game, either play at a neutral site or postpone the game.

    *************************

    The story is far worse than that. The Giants fans were given first dibs on tickets for that game. Any Saints fans who happened to be out of New Orleans at the time were behind Giants fans for tickets, and this was for a Saints “home” game.

    All I can say about this game, if it was the NJ Giants and not the NJ Jets, the game would be played in NJ, because most NFL front office types are Giants fans and/or season ticket holders.

  42. This has happened before. In 2003 a game was moved from San Diego to Phoenix because of wildfires. They just refunded ticketholders and had open general admission with donation jars for wildfire victims at the Phoenix venue.

  43. Do it like The Truman Show. Just say they played, make up a bunch of video clips, and publish the final score 14-14.

  44. Our backyard is available.
    And if that’s too small, we have a field where HS games are played not that far away.

  45. Lot of suggestions but for the people who are saying move the game to Tuesday that will not happen. No way will the stadium be ready by that date. As a matter of fact I think the next week game against Cleveland is in danger too. Please people. Do you not realize how much snow we got. Btw.

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