Bills fan initially denied entry to stadium after Bills staff considered her epi pens "a weapon"

Updated: 09/01/2014 6:17 PM
Created: 09/01/2014 2:48 PM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean

She was just trying to celebrate her stepson's seventh birthday at the last Bills pre-season game. Instead Greece Bills fan Anne Wise says she got harassed by Bills personnel, security and sheriff's deputies. She says they considered her life-saving device a weapon and they weren't going to let her in the stadium with it. 

All Anne Wise wanted to do was tailgate at the Ralph, play catch with her family and enjoy the game. 

But she says she spent the better part of the pre-game arguing with stadium officials over her epi pens and the size of the bag she carries them in. 

Brean: And what were they telling you? 

Anne Wise: They were telling me the epi pens weren't permitted because they could be used as a weapon.

Brean: And when they said that, what did you say?

Wise: I told them it was a life-saving medication and I can't go anywhere without it, that I do need it with me at all times.

The epi pens protect Anne Wise from a life threatening airborne peanut allergy. Think about how necessary that is at Bills games. 

In the Bills stadium guide, there is no specific ban of epi pens. In fact in a statement to News10NBC, the Bills say epi pens are allowed but they "encourage all guests who have specific medical needs to call our Guest Services department ahead of game day to inform us of which gate they plan to enter so that we can notify security personnel and expedite the process."

The Bills Guest Services number is: (716) 648-1800.

"I think that if it's a medication that is needed and that can save your life if you need it then I don't think that a doctor's note should be necessary everywhere you go,' Wise said. 

Brean: Do you have any plans to go back to a Bills game this season?

Wise: I don't think so after that experience. I think we'll chose to do other things as a family.

Wise eventually got into the stadium with her epi pens. She even says a Bills employee came to her seat to apologize and gave her step son a five dollar gift card to the Bills store. 

But a good lesson here: if you have to bring in a medical device into Ralph Wilson Stadium it's best to call ahead so you don't have to go through what Anne Wise and her family did. 

Click here to a link of what you can and cannot bring into Ralph Wilson Stadium for Bills games this year. 

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