Will Bills fans overrun SoFi Stadium for Week One visit to Rams?

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The 2021 regular season ended with 49ers fans swarming SoFi Stadium for a game against the Rams. Will the 2022 season start with a similar hostile takeover by Bills Mafia?

With Buffalo drawing the assignment to face the Rams on the night they celebrate their championship and embark on their defense of it, it will be interesting to see whether and to what extent Bills fans invade the venue.

Yes, the Rams have made great strides in recapturing the market they abandoned for 20 years. Winning a Super Bowl helps. But during two decades with no local NFL team, a generation of fans were free to pick any team they wanted. Some surely picked the Bills. And plenty of those folks will want to see the Bills in person.

It would be a bit embarrassing, to say the least, if the Week One ceremony is met with boos. Or if the Rams, in their first game after winning the Super Bowl, would have to use a silent count at home — like they did in Week 18 against the 49ers.

Of course, Patriots fans would advise Bills fans to take advantage of any opportunities to buy tickets to the game, since (as Patriots fans would say) Bills fans will finally get a chance to witness the raising of a banner.

49 responses to “Will Bills fans overrun SoFi Stadium for Week One visit to Rams?

  1. Hilarious!
    “Of course, Patriots fans would advise Bills fans to take advantage of any opportunities to buy tickets to the game, since (as Patriots fans would say) Bills fans will finally get a chance to witness the raising of a banner”

  2. “But during two decades with no local NFL team, a generation of fans were free to pick any team they wanted. Some surely picked the Bills.”

    Did the Bills win something in the those decades? During the Rams hiatus from L.A. the Bills won exactly one playoff game in 1995 and didn’t even make them from 2000-2016. I doubt stranded fans where jumping on the Bill bandwagon during this time.

  3. Bills Mafia is expanding and will one day take over the world!!! #GoBills

  4. Considering there were more fans at the Bengals rally to celebrate their Super Bowl run then it was at the Rams parade for winning the actual Super Bowl pretty sure there’s going to be more Bills fans week one

  5. Better get that victory. Week 2 will be the 3rd straight loss to the Titans.

  6. As long as they bring out some hometown wings and beef on weck, come on out!

  7. It’s not that people who live there became Bills fans. It’s that virtually everyone in LA is from somewhere else. SoCal has people from everywhere– and those people miss the teams they grew up with. And with the Bills finally being good again any transplants within 500 miles will be at that game– along with the many who will travel from Buffalo. Good chance Sofi is 65% Bills supporters that night.

  8. Nope. All their expendable income is funding Pegulas new stadium.

  9. i mean…. there are most likely more Bills fans living in LA than Rams fans sooooo yes

  10. There are so few Rams fans in LA, I once forgot two Rams tickets under the windshield of my own car. When I went back to get them there were six tickets there.

  11. It won’t be too surprising to see people who have to live in Buffalo use this as their only vacation.

  12. Patriots fans won’t have to worry about banners or rings for a very long time

  13. LA is full of 49ers fans for obvious reasons. Not sure the same can be said about Bills fans.

  14. BuckyBadger says:
    May 13, 2022 at 1:11 pm
    “But during two decades with no local NFL team, a generation of fans were free to pick any team they wanted. Some surely picked the Bills.”

    Did the Bills win something in the those decades? During the Rams hiatus from L.A. the Bills won exactly one playoff game in 1995 and didn’t even make them from 2000-2016. I doubt stranded fans where jumping on the Bill bandwagon during this time.
    ________________________________________________________________
    Google Bills Backers and any city you wish… Bills fans are everywhere… from Italy to Australia, from L.A. to Ireland… the fanbase is massive.

  15. LIFELONG Rams fan living in LA, and I always feel like this is the stupidest topic. LA has millions of transplants, unlike most cities, so it’s natural. Also the Rams were gone for a long time. But who really cares? I’d rather have an awesome team and awesome stadium that live in a city nobody wants to live in. Empty seats is worse (miami, atlanta, washington, etc). Get over it.

  16. Hmmm. 383 miles versus 2500 miles. End of season, when games have more meaning, versus beginning of season. Not so sure this is going to happen.

  17. cnc33 says:
    May 13, 2022 at 1:33 pm
    It should have been the Bills playing against them in the SB to begin with

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    It would have been if they didn’t lose to the likes of the Jaguars in the regular season and ended up traveling to Arrowhead for the playoffs.

  18. Have you seen the ticket prices? Mafia will be there, but not like other games.

  19. The Bills have 4 of their 6 prime-time games away. Good thing they have an exceptional traveling fan base. Would not be surprised to see 50% of Sofi sporting Bills gear.

  20. I mean, there were more Bengals fan there even when the Rams were hosting the Super Bowl.
    Bills fans will easily outnumber Rams fans, and the tailgates will be more lively too.

  21. I imagine many fans from the 11 listed Bills Backers Bars in Southern California will be in attendance. I doubt there’s any other team with that kind of weekly game watching presence in LA.

    And my family’s already booked our flights from Buffalo.

    Will be fun to watch Von Miller destroy the Rams following the ceremony.

  22. I am amazed Florio said “,,the Rams have made great strides in recapturing the market they abandoned for 20 years.” What fans? When was there ever a great fan base there? Probably at all home games there will great contingency of visiting team fans.

  23. Love the article comment about watching a banner hung!!
    Wei in I New England have been blessed to watch SIX banners go up!
    We have our 19 and oops , the Bills have the 13 seconds disgrace!!!

  24. Colts fans taking over Las Vegas for the raiders game will be more fun and exciting.

  25. The Rams have fans in LA? Are we sure they’re not paid extras… on a low budget? The Bills fanbase will setup shop in LA for the week. Tickets booked. I do feel some empathy for the few true Rams diehard fans, they’ve been yanked around for awhile… moving locations every generation. Their “home field” advantage and their SB parade are embarrassments and a reflection of the core of their fan base, or lack there of it.

  26. Colts fans also know about hanging banners, just not championship banners!!

  27. And the patriots were ridiculed and laughed at for years for the most pathetic banner of all time until they removed it due to extreme laugh ability. Hilarious that a patriot noob would comment on banners. Go celebrate that loss to Eli again hahaha

  28. Bills fans always travel. Why play Away games when every game can potentially be a Home game?

  29. “Hilarious that a patriot noob would comment on banners.”?????
    What??? I love our 6X Super Bowl banner!
    What’s really hilarious is a Colts fan commenting on banners!! Loved the participation banner the Dolts hung, !!!

  30. Buffalo’s main export for the last several decades has been its people. We are everywhere. Someone in your HOA, apartment complex, township, etc. is a diehard bills fan who has waited their whole time life for their team to be relevant and our time is now. Few will be traveling from Buffalo, many will be traveling west of the rockies. NY State might have pushed us out, but we love the Bills more than anything and were are taking over your city.

  31. Tom Brady says:
    May 13, 2022 at 1:55 pm
    Patriots fans won’t have to worry about banners or rings for a very long time

    __________________________________________________________________________________________I bought my Patriots season tickets the day after Bob Kraft bought the team. (There was no need to have season tickets before that. You could grab them for half price in the stadium parking lot on game days.) Anyway, since Kraft has owned the team they’ve played in 11 Super Bowls and won six of them. It’s been a whole 3 years since the last one. It’s been rough. But I think we Pats fans will be okay while we wait for our team to win its next Super Bowl.I doubt it will be as long as all the smack-talking Bills fans have been waiting. Wide right.

  32. No. SoFi will be packed with Rams fans wearing blue and yellow! Buffalo is 2500 miles away. Nobody outside western NY cares about the Bills.

  33. One further point- The Rams are defending Super Bowl Champions. Rams fans aren’t going to give up their tickets.

  34. Tom Brady says:
    May 13, 2022 at 1:55 pm
    Patriots fans won’t have to worry about banners or rings for a very long time

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    There will still always be those that can’t stop dwelling on them. Even on articles about two other completely different teams those folks will still be stuck on “Patriots” as their leading thought.

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