ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) - In their preseason home opener, the Buffalo Bills took home a victory against the Vikings. But safety was the name of the game for sheriff's deputies and Bills security patrolling in and around the stadium.
Tightened security at Ralph Wilson Stadium includes requiring fans to only have see-through bags, which at maximum can be gallon-sized. The move impacts women the greatest, who often carry purses. Otherwise, only strapless clutch bags no bigger than hand-sized are allowed.
New security measures were implemented in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings and other terror alerts. But the new rules regarding bags didn't go over well for many fans, who didn't understand the stringent guidelines.
Sue Wadosky said, "Kind of sad that I have to carry my personal hygiene products in a Ziploc bag. It's really not appropriate at all."
But not everyone had issues.
"Going in, I knew the new rules were going to change and I just packed less and put it in a see-through bag," Mary Jo D'Amore said. "It was not a problem."
And though the new rules frustrated some, it didn't dampen the spirits of the littlest fans. Kids got special attention Friday night before kickoff and during halftime.
Anna D'Amore laughed, "I like shouting about it. It's like my favorite part. Then usually at halftime mom gets us ice cream."
Some families left after the half because their little ones were tuckered out.
Lindsey Cacho said, "Last year, she only lasted the first quarter. But now she lasted until halftime. So I think each year she'll gain a quarter."
Jay Lennox said, "We did hotdogs for the kids and that and popcorn, candy, Skittles and that. But the sugar didn't last."
Fans coming out of the stadium, even if they were forced to leave early, only had positive things to say about the team. Many were excited about the Bills' prospects this season and one man even believes that the team will be at the Super Bowl in two years' time.
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