New stadium restrictions for Bills games
Posted at: 08/16/2013 11:33 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri | WHEC.com
Fans that were at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Friday night--or for any other other game in the future--will have to abide by some new rules.
Among those changes, officials say certain sizes of bags are not allowed into the stadium. The stadium has also changed what you are allowed to bring inside and what you are allowed to do outside "the Ralph."
The Bills and the NFL have put the rules in place and here is what has changed. Purses, backpacks, tote bags and diaper bags all have been banned.
You can bring in small clutch size bags, that are about the size of a hand. Also, one gallon clear freezer bags can be brought inside.
When it comes to what you can do outside of the stadium, if you plan on drinking glass bottles are a no-no. However, plastic cups and cans are allowed. The stadium says they are discouraging binge drinking by putting these rules in place, but the fans we spoke to are split on their opinions on the changes.
We spoke to one girl who was underage after she just found out she couldn't bring her purse in.
Nicole Moravec, "It's kind of frustrating seeing how we walked all the way over here and have to walk all the way back now."
Salim Kalfame says, "Women always need their stuff, we just have keys, money and a phone maybe. Women have their make up and things so most likely this will be more inconvient for them."
Parts of the changes are also your seat cushions have to be a certain size and can't have a zipper. For one fan, that doesn't make sense.
"The proudest possession of a true Buffalo Bills fan is one, two, three" says William Savino. "Maybe four Super Bowl cushions and those now have to stay at home when the weather is 10 or 20 degrees."
"I think it's a good idea. It is always best to control how things go before the games happen," says Kalfame. "It is better for security purposes."
There is also a focus on safety. Fans will notice an increase in security personnel at the stadium. But also Erie County will be adding 128 plain clothes deputies to help keep an eye on things.