Trying to curb unruly tailgating behavior, Bills institute new parking lot policy

·Yahoo Sports Columnist

Buffalo Bills fans are some of the most unruly you’ll find in the NFL — or at least the ones most likely to broadcast their crazy pregame behavior on social media.

(And we almost forgot: it’s not just confined to tailgating ...)

Saying they don’t want a few “knuckleheads” to ruin the tailgating experience for many others, the Bills are instituting a specially designated “tailgate village” lot for those who arrive to the game via large, party-type vehicles.

‘It’s dangerous behavior’

The Buffalo Bills organization is taking steps to try to curb dangerous and embarrassing fan behavior while tailgating. (AP)
The Buffalo Bills organization is taking steps to try to curb dangerous and embarrassing fan behavior while tailgating. (AP)

Via the Buffalo News, buses and limo buses will now be required to purchase a tailgating package for occupants if they wish to party.

“Our No. 1 concern as an organization is fan safety,” Bills’ vice president of operations and guest experience Andy Major said. “When you’re seeing what was happening in the bus lot the last couple seasons, especially last year, it gets very concerning.

“It’s dangerous behavior, not just negative fan behavior. It’s dangerous to security, the sheriffs and staff who are trying to police things.”

In case you were unsure, here’s a look at some of the stupid things Bills fans have done during pregame partying.

‘The viral videos, it’s embarrassing’

Under the new policy, the cost for a 20-person vehicle is $300; it’s $600 for a 40-passenger vehicle, and $900 for a 60-person vehicle, all of which breaks down to $15 per passenger.

The money is paid before a parking pass is issued.

Buses or limo buses that won’t have tailgating fans are not required to pay for one of the packages; those will pay $100 for a parking passes instead.

The “tailgate village” can accommodate up to 4,000 fans.

The Bills have tried to curb dangerous fan behavior before - last year the team required a $100 deposit, but it didn’t help to improve the experience for fans not partial to drunken table-jumping.

“The viral videos on social media, it’s embarrassing when we see that,” Major said. “It affects the community, affects the team negatively. We know our fans aren’t like that. That’s what’s disappointing for us.

“We know we have great fans. We know the vast majority of our fans, they do behave well. They’re passionate, they’re loyal and they’re not causing issues, but there are a few who make a big stink out there – a few knuckleheads who wreck it.”

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