No guarantee Bills will be ready to host a game next week


As the snow continued to pile up this week, it became clear that the Bills weren’t going to be able to play at home Sunday.

But with this week’s game with the Jets moved to Detroit on Monday night, the next question will be whether Ralph Wilson Stadium will be cleared by next Sunday.

Bills president Russ Brandon said there’s a chance the stadium might not be dug out by the Nov. 30 date with the Browns.

“It’s going to be a full-on effort by our stadium operations crew and everyone involved here at One Bills Drive to get the facility ready for next week,” he said. “There’s an enormous amount of snow to be removed and there’s a lot of work to be done.”

Earlier this week, Bills officials said they could normally remove a foot of snow in three days. With snow creeping up on the goalpost crossbar in one windswept end of the stadium, that creates the possibility for more weather drama next week.

At the very least, the Bills might have to find another place to practice next week, since there’s been nothing normal about their preparations this week. They haven’t worked out as a team since their game against the Dolphins eight days ago.

“That’s something that’s also in play,” Brandon said. “Not only with preparation for this game and playing this game, but obviously what may be in play for next week. That could be a potential to go off site and practice somewhere if our facility is just not operational.”

The first step will be getting themselves out of the snow drifts today, as try to take care of the business at hand.


11 responses to “No guarantee Bills will be ready to host a game next week

  1. To play in Detroit how do they travel with a travel ban? How do the players get from their houses to the facility and then the team to the airport? Or does the NFL get special treatment?

  2. The league office is really showing that they have zero plans for anything. The bills were offering jobs and free tickets a couple days ago and it took the Gov. of NY to have to address this game publicly , saying that police ,fire and other public officials weren’t going to be available, you know because the safety of the citizens trumps an NFL game during a state of emergency.

    Another failure notched on the bed post for Rog and league office.

  3. Getting the stadium cleared takes a back seat to getting roads cleared, and establishing emergency services. Once they beat the Jets in Detroit (Thank you Lions Org., and fans!), they can find a venue to train at. It’s kind of ironic that Buffalo’s weather advantage, at this time of year, turned against us! No worries! The area, fans, and team will circle the wagons and come out of this just fine!

  4. Orchard Park NY weather: 40 & rainy Saturday, 44 & Sunny Sunday, 61 & rainy Monday, 38 Tuesday, 34 Wednesday, 37 Thursday.

    6 straight days of above freezing, with rain and temps as high as 61 mixed in, will help. I would be very, very surprised if the Bills don’t play at home vs Cleveland next week.

    And if they need extra time- move it to Monday night, again. Only fair the Bills are given extra time to prepare, considering it will now be a short week, which is out of their control.

  5. Forecasted to be 60 degrees on Sunday. I think they’ll be fine for Thanksgiving weekend…

  6. I’m sure Cleveland would except playing at home that week, common bend a little, its only a short bus ride down thruway

  7. exboomer says: Nov 21, 2014 7:47 AM

    It’s going to be 60 degrees on Monday so I’m sure the stadium will be fine on the 30th.
    Except for all the flooding and mountains of ice covered by snow

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