ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) - Purses and even certain types of seat cushions have been sidelined at Ralph Wilson Stadium this upcoming season, and the game-changers are kicking off even before the official home opener.
Thousands of fans will head to the stadium Friday night for the first pre-season game when the Bills take on the Vikings. But many rules are changing, including those involving tailgating and what's allowed inside the stadium.
Full list of changes:
- An additional 128 uniformed Erie County Sheriff's deputies
- New security perimeter outside the gate entry lines
- No drinking or smoking permitted at gate entry lines
- No binge drinking permitted in parking lots (no kegs, funnels, glass bottles) - cans or plastic cups still allowed
- New Orchard Park open container law banning alcohol on streets and sidewalks
- New seat cushion policy - cannot be larger than 15"x15" or contain arm rests, zippers, pockets, flaps or metal backs
- New bag policy - clear bags smaller than 12"x6"x12" permitted, one gallon clear plastic freezer bags permitted, and small clutch bags approximately the size of a hand without a handle or step permitted
- One-car, one-space parking in all stadium lots
"The intent of it should be clear," said Sheriff Tim Howard. "There are places where you're allowed to drink. Drink in those places and don't try to drink in other places. Just making this a better experience for everyone involved."
Bills Vice President of Event Operations Andy Major said, "Be responsible. You can tailgate, you can have a great time, you can enjoy yourself, you can still drink - just drink responsibly and do the right things."
Because of all the rule changes, fans are encouraged to show up 90 minutes prior to kickoff.
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