Sean MacDonald reviewed every team's home experience for his "Ultimate Football Road Trip." In attending the Bills game Oct. 13 of last season against the Cincinnati Bengals, he found the booze was freely flowing:
"But what I remember most of all here is the wild atmosphere, one of the craziest I saw during my travels, with much of it due to excessive alcohol consumption. As you can probably guess, Bills fans are the drunkest I witnessed on my road trip. That is true before, during and after the game … unfortunately, most of them are unable to hold their liquor and lose control, becoming a danger to others or to themselves."
Alcohol was said to play a role in a November 20 death outside Ralph Wilson Stadium. The man who died was ejected for drinking too much. Then last November, a drunk fan slid down a hand rail off of the upper deck onto a fan in the lower bowl. Both were hurt.
Those and the multitude of game day drinking-related arrests led to the team making changes two seasons ago that were aimed at decreasing the chance of drinking-related incidents. And the lease the team entered into last offseason called for more sheriff's patrols during games.
But Bills fans have well-earned their reputation for providing one of the best – and rowdiest – tailgating experiences in the league. MacDonald observed it pretty much at all times:
"Inside the stadium seemed like a free-for-all at times, with fans moving around constantly and far too many in the advanced stages of inebriation, making things that much more dangerous. Buffalo, like the many industrial cities in the cold Northeast, is a hard-drinking town, but too many fans are simply out of control at Bills games."
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