Weekly Feature

2014-11-26 / Local News

Storm forces Bills to change venue

Game to be held in Detroit

After a winter storm smashed the Southtowns, the Buffalo Bills were forced to move their scheduled Sunday game against the New York Jets to Monday at Ford Field in Detroit.

The National Football League made the decision to move the game on Nov. 20.

“As mentioned earlier today, public safety resources in Western New York must be fully available to deal with the recovery from the storm. We continue our discussions with the team and the Red Cross on ways the NFL can support the community through this weather disaster,” the league said in a statement.

For the Bills, it will be the second game the team has played in Detroit this season, defeating the Lions in the earlier contest.

As the storm intensified, dropping record amounts of snowfall at Ralph Wilson Stadium, local lawmakers knew that moving the game was the only option.

“If I’m the one who’s responsible for the Bills not playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday, I can live with that,” said Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz in a press conference on Thursday. “There are more important things that need to be addressed.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo also said playing the game in Orchard Park would not be an option and noted in a press conference that he would oppose the game being played because of the threat to public safety.

With travel bans lifted, the Bills are asking for help shoveling out the stadium. According to the Bills’ website, shovelers will be paid $10 per hour and will receive a game ticket for one of the two remaining home games if they work eight hours or more.

For more information on the cleanup, visit www.buffalo bills.com.

email: cgraham@beenews.com

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