Buffalo Bills kick off training camp in Pittsford
Posted at: 07/28/2013 11:18 AM
| Updated at: 07/28/2013 11:30 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion | WHEC.com
Buffalo Bills fans have waited all summer long and Sunday night the team kicked off its 2013 training camp at Saint John Fisher College.
It's their 14th year coming to Pittsford for training camp.
News10NBC talked to fans about their expectations for the coming season.
Sunday was the big day. Thousands of Bills fans got a first look at what is in store for the new season.
"Looking forward to seeing the coaches and the players and the strength of the team. We're just hoping they win every single game," said Bills fan Bonnie Heddon.
Even though there were big changes in the off-season, fans still seem optimistic.
“I think the Bills needed a new quarterback for a long time, so I'm excited to see if he's good or not,” said one young Bills fan.
“How do you feel about all of these new changes?” asked News10NBC's Joangel Concepcion.
"I think it was good for the Bills. They needed some fresh blood. I'm glad they started from the top from the general manager right down to the coaching staff," said Bills fan Len Schrentz.
Like many dads, Len Schrentz says the experience wasn't only about the Bills.
“Yeah, a lot of fun and I just want them to grow up like I did, being a Bills fan,” said Schrentz.
Father and son seem to share the same hope. Well, kind of.
“I think it's going to be a rough year. They could make the playoffs, but there are a few players away from getting there,” said Schrentz.
“We could possibly make the playoffs I think,” said Len's son Jacob Schrentz.
“What about the Super Bowl?” asked Concepcion.
“I don't think they will make the Super Bowl. They're not good enough,” said Schrentz.
Either way, most of these fans are ready for the season to begin, one of new beginnings and a new found faith in a team that hasn't been to the playoffs in 13 years.
“You have to be positive. We are going to win,” said Heddon.
Here's a look at the start of Bills training camp. Sunday night is the first practice from 6:10 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday is an afternoon practice. Tuesday and Wednesday are morning practices, something we didn't see last year with Chan Gailey's crew. The first day off is Thursday. Training camp runs through August 21.
Fans are able to watch the practices for free. However, tickets for some, including Sunday's session, require a free ticket to attend. If you'd like to attend a practice session you can click here for more information on specific dates and times.