The Buffalo Bills are trying to the make the game day experience more enjoyable.
The team announced Tuesday two changes to their Fan Behavior policy that will take place for the 2011 season.
In order to become more in line with the NFL’s recommendation for stadiums opening their parking lots, the Bills lots will now open four hours prior to kickoff. In previous years, the lots opened five hours prior to kickoff.
Last year the organization began closing the lots two hours after the game concluded and that element of the policy will remain intact for 2011.
The second change really makes sense when you look at the landscape across the United States in recent years in regard to cigarette smoke. The majority of fans clearly want to have a smoke free environment on game day.
And with that, the team is making Ralph Wilson Stadium a smoke-free facility. There will no longer be designated smoking areas as in past years. This change will take effect beginning with the new uniform unveiling ceremony later this month.
“We have listened to the vast majority of our fans who want to enjoy the game day experience in a smoke-free facility and we wanted to notify all of our fans well in advance of our first home game of this change in our Fan Behavior Policy. It is important that everyone understands that there will be zero tolerance on this element of our policy,” Bills CEO Russ Brandon said.
The Bills Re-Entry Policy states that when a fan leaves the stadium he/she is not permitted back in. In simple terms, if a fan leaves the stadium to smoke, he/she cannot gain entrance back into the facility.
Bills officials are planning for additional signage to the fact that the stadium is now a smoke-free facility.
The Bills organization is also currently working with law enforcement agencies to change some of the game day traffic patterns to improve the egress process for fans leaving the stadium both in terms of pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Bills officials plan to make those announcements at a date closer to the opening of the 2011 season.