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Nothing like tailgating in the snow.....and while it doesn't look perfect for the playoffs, it's far from over. Do you people even realize how much worse this season could have been. It's had its ups and downs and the games still mean something going into the stretch. Go freaking enjoy it and we'll get our QB next year!

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Just now, BuffaloBaumer said:

Nothing like tailgating in the snow.....and while it doesn't look perfect for the playoffs, it's far from over. Do you people even realize how much worse this season could have been. It's had its ups and downs and the games still mean something going into the stretch. Go freaking enjoy it and we'll get our QB next year!

I would have rather had a 4-12 season and a chance at the top QB than an 8-8 season where the Bills Draft 19th.

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As an out-of-town season ticket holder who relies on the NFL Ticket Exchange to sell tickets to games to which I cannot attend, I can tell you that this entire year has been a:

 

BUYERS' MARKET.

 

For the first time in history, I could not sell the tickets to the home opener for seats in the lower bowl on the 45 yard line . . . not even at face value.

 

Say what you will, but fans have let us know what they think about the "process" by voting with their wallets.

 

I probably will continue to get season tickets yet again (our family has had them since the inception of the franchise), but I do have my doubts.  Frankly, my only goal is to break even on the season (for the collection of games that I do not attend).  If I cannot at least break even, it becomes harder and harder and harder to justify keeping the season tickets.

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52 minutes ago, rockpile said:

 

On opening day, I had two "nosebleed" seats in the upper deck. It was a beautiful day and I mainly went for the TBD tailgate. I stayed over on Saturday at the Motel 6, to see more friends, and all I wanted was a cheap place to crash.

 

Adding up the sum of two tickets, gas, tolls (only 160 mile round trip), food, beer, and parking, it was easily a $400 day (and night) for two people.

 

It was a wonderful time, do not get me wrong, but it was CHEAP for me compared to folks from WAY out of town. Please note I bought no food or drink inside the stadium. I also bought no souvenirs. 

 

I do not know how the regular fan with a couple of kids could cover this very often, if at all.

 

We are now seeing $6 NFL tickets on the secondary market.

 

"The NFL" isn't the one charging crazy prices for parking and in-stadium food. 

 

With gas and tolls, and parking on someone's lawn and polishing off a six pack and a few dogs at a tailgate before you walk in---I bet you could do the same trip Sunday for less than half of what you paid before. 

 

43 minutes ago, CodeMonkey said:

Yeah that certainly plays into it as well.

They can't.  Which is a problem the NFL has put themselves in. At least in small town economically challenged areas like Buffalo, the NFL has priced itself out of the regular fan, while at the same time trying to promote the experience as family friendly.  

 

See above.  The Bills tickets can be had for less than an Indoor Lacrosse game.   The ticket to actually get in to see the game is now the cheapest part of the day.

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I don't live in WNY anymore, but in Denver attendance is down, not to the level that is in Buffalo. There's plenty of factors IMHO, a fanbase suffering from a raging case of apathy (albeit a less severe case in Denver), not much return on investment, other/better options ie: watching from the comfort of your home or local bar, cheaper prices for food/beer/soda, traffic (especially in Denver's case) less chance of ending up a donnybrook at home or bar than at stadium, parking lot, wherever and of course weather.

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14 minutes ago, CountDorkula said:

I would have rather had a 4-12 season and a chance at the top QB than an 8-8 season where the Bills Draft 19th.

 

It is what it is and nuthin we can do about it except make the most fun out of a typical Billsy situation.

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First, I am going to the game this weekend and using my season tickets. I live about 500 miles away in VA and flying with my wife. It ends up being a family get together weekend as my sisters will be making Christmas cookies so I organize my trips around events like this as some of my family lives in WNY.

 

I have had some of my most memorable experiences and fun at snow games so looking forward to this one. 

 

Second, my resale results this year have been better than past seasons probably due to timing of when I sold them and the opponents.. Tix are lower bowl, 40 yd line, aisle seats. I sold my 2 tix for the Raiders, Saints, and Pats* for a combined $1,100. That funds my flights for games I am able to attend though I do not always fly. Drove up for the Bucs game.

 

 

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Im out.

 

Part of it is buying currency with the wife so I can attend more WJC games.  I know its not over.... but we have seen this movie play out over and over again with the Bills.  For this season, it doesn't feel different (although I am encouraged for the future).

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Still, the NFL pressures franchises to build new stadiums with all the amenities despite declining attendance.

 

Something's gotta give.

 

 

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We are coming in from Rochester in the RV for our first game of the year.  Eight of us.  I don't give a crap about the future, we're all ready to go with our red on red, lots of food, drink and  looking forward to beating up the Dolts.   Our view is too many people worry about wins and losses and the enjoyment of watching the game of football itself can get overlooked.

 

Remember, if you dress properly you're warmer than the guy on the couch. 

 

Looking forward to the first Peterman to Reilly TD baby!!!!!!!!!!!!

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39 minutes ago, DasNootz said:

This year's season ticket profit/loss for me. 
 

Two seats lower bowl end zone  $550/piece+/-: 

Jets attended w/ friend who paid $60.

Denver attended w/ daughter
Tampa Bay - sold both seats for $120 combined

Oakland - sold both for $150 combined

New Orleans - sold both for $102.50

New England - attended with friend who paid $50

Indy - Maybe sell for $10 combined... maybe?

Miami - Maybe sell for $20 combined... maybe?

 

I'm about 4 hours away, and can't make the Miami game due to holiday scheduling. Indy, I'm a toss up to come use.  Without family day this year for pre-season, we didn't not go to a preseason game, and there is 0 market for those tickets.

 

Up to this point:

Total paid out: $1,100
Total Collected from secondary market sales or sales to friends: $460 - possibly
Total Tickets Used by Me and Family: 4
Average true cost per ticket used by me and my family:  $160.00

 

This pattern is certainly representative of the last 10+ years.

 

It makes me seriously question if I should give them up and just buy individual games instead.  At some point the shiny badge of honor of having season tickets wears off.  If they ever went to a PSL, I'd definitely be done.

 

 

That was the hardest part last off season.  I was a proud season ticket holder.  Had been to (a modest by soem standards) 39 straight home games,  something I was very proud of.  I was sure as the next season rolled around I'd feel depressed that I no longer had season tickets.  However that was not the case.  I still  will have attended 3, maybe 4 games this season which is enough to get me my fill. My crew still meets up, but rather now at each others houses or bars for the games.  The hardest part of being a season ticket holder is not being up at 6 am or the late season depressing games but when they are on back to back..and back weekends.  The days are so long and take a lot out of me, even only being an hour down the road.  I no longer have the comradery of MY section (331, row 26, seat 2) which I do miss.  But on the flip side I do like picking different spots in the stadium to experience each individual game.  

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3 hours ago, PromoTheRobot said:

Keep this in mind when people insist the new stadium be open air because "real football" is played in the elements.

Yeah, indoors and tickets off the net for say $25 and I'll go.  Outside and just $6, no thanks.  No interest at all

 

For something different to do, the NEW  RR bridge in Letchworth goes operational this weekend.  Nice picture opportunity.  Better yet if you have a drone

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2 hours ago, PromoTheRobot said:

 

I don't see a team that has given up. I do see a fan base that has.

But Bills fans are the best fans in the country- just ask any of them.

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I figure 45 - 50K for the first half and 30 - 35 K to start the second half.  Two struggling teams getting ready to play in poor weather and it's the middle game of 3 in a row at home.  Several people I tailgate with are skipping this one as they have long 5+ hour drives to the stadium and can't do 3 weekends of that in a row.

 

I've been offered free tickets 3 times now.  As far as badges of honor go, next year is 15 years for me, I'll stick around and get the piece of paper to hang in my office, but I'm going game by game the years after that. 

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1 hour ago, Bills fan since 87 said:

 

That was the hardest part last off season.  I was a proud season ticket holder.  Had been to (a modest by soem standards) 39 straight home games,  something I was very proud of.  I was sure as the next season rolled around I'd feel depressed that I no longer had season tickets.  However that was not the case.  I still  will have attended 3, maybe 4 games this season which is enough to get me my fill. My crew still meets up, but rather now at each others houses or bars for the games.  The hardest part of being a season ticket holder is not being up at 6 am or the late season depressing games but when they are on back to back..and back weekends.  The days are so long and take a lot out of me, even only being an hour down the road.  I no longer have the comradery of MY section (331, row 26, seat 2) which I do miss.  But on the flip side I do like picking different spots in the stadium to experience each individual game.  

 My group gets together for all of the games that we don’t attend live. We still eat, drink, and experience all the benefits of a tailgate but from the comfort of our own hometown. Once you factor in  fuel, parking, hotels etc. i could easily buy  a new 70 inch LED..... and my seats are relatively Inexpensive compared to most of the stadium.

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1 hour ago, Peter said:

As an out-of-town season ticket holder who relies on the NFL Ticket Exchange to sell tickets to games to which I cannot attend, I can tell you that this entire year has been a:

 

BUYERS' MARKET.

 

For the first time in history, I could not sell the tickets to the home opener for seats in the lower bowl on the 45 yard line . . . not even at face value.

 

Say what you will, but fans have let us know what they think about the "process" by voting with their wallets.

 

I probably will continue to get season tickets yet again (our family has had them since the inception of the franchise), but I do have my doubts.  Frankly, my only goal is to break even on the season (for the collection of games that I do not attend).  If I cannot at least break even, it becomes harder and harder and harder to justify keeping the season tickets.

 

I also have season tix for another popular team in the East and I'm having problems the past couple years.  It's not just the Bills, the ability to resell has gone from great to below face value in about 4 years.  It's crazy.  I'm about to get out of owning season tickets.  They are not reselling at face anymore even for a decent team.

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1 hour ago, Da webster guy said:

Our view is too many people worry about wins and losses and the enjoyment of watching the game of football itself can get overlooked.

 

Then why keep score?

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4 hours ago, 4_kidd_4 said:

They were $6 at kickoff this past sunday too. 

 

Around $10 for New Orleans at kickoff as well. 

 

I’ll be sure to mention this when they start shaking me down to renew in January.

 

I should have waited before paying 130 for my NO tickets on a resale sight months ahead of time.  :o

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I remember going to a game against Indy in December. It was SOOOOOOOOOO cold. And I think the Bills were totally eliminated at that point. But anyway, I guess we still have an outside shot at the playoffs. I hope the Ralph is rocking on Sunday!

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2 hours ago, Da webster guy said:

We are coming in from Rochester in the RV for our first game of the year.  Eight of us.  I don't give a crap about the future, we're all ready to go with our red on red, lots of food, drink and  looking forward to beating up the Dolts.   Our view is too many people worry about wins and losses and the enjoyment of watching the game of football itself can get overlooked.

 

Remember, if you dress properly you're warmer than the guy on the couch. 

 

Looking forward to the first Peterman to Reilly TD baby!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

This isn’t !@#$ing tee ball. After the tailgate is over, Wins and losses is all that matters. I don’t care if the players are having fun, they’re millionaires they can buy fun

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4 hours ago, Kirby Jackson said:

FWIW, they had a hard time in December even back to the Super Bowl years.

This is true. I recall late season games vs Eagles ( very good at the time) and New England ( not very good) being blacked out locally during the 1st Super Bowl season. There's a segment of the market that doesn't want to sit outside in the cold. It's always been that way. If the Bills had won another game , say at Jets and Ravens had dropped a game the interest would be stronger. Most realize the playoffs are again a long shot. 

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1 hour ago, klos63 said:

But Bills fans are the best fans in the country- just ask any of them.

 

I used to think that we had the very best fans in all of sports . . . that was until I was at a game when many fans stood up and cheered when our starting QB got hurt because they wanted the other (diminutive) QB to play.  I was truly embarrassed and realized that our fans are far from the very best.

 

Now, my view is that we have a lot of good fans and not so good fans. 

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