The Bills have conducted summer training camp at a remote location (away from their year-round training base) every year since 1960. The club has utilized five different locations for camp in the team's 43-year history, including three colleges and two hotel complexes.
St. John Fisher College, located in the Rochester suburb of Pittsford, NY has been the summer home of the Bills since 2000 and is regarded as one of the top training camp sites in the NFL.
A brief history of Buffalo Bills summer training camps is written below.
|1960-1962||Roycroft Inn, East Aurora, NY|
|1963-1967||Camelot Hotel, Blasdell, NY|
|1968-1980||Niagara University, Niagara Falls, NY|
|1981-1999||State University at Fredonia, Fredonia, NY|
|2000-present||St. John Fisher College, Pittsford, NY|
The Bills conducted their first three summer training camps (1960-62) in East Aurora, NY (about 25 miles south of Buffalo). They utilized the historic Roycroft Inn as their headquarters for housing and food service and the polo fields at the famous Knox Family Estate for practice.
The locker rooms at East Aurora High School were used by the team for dressing and training room facilities. The players were shuttled between hotel, locker room and practice fields by school bus, sometimes driven by players or team personnel.
The Bills moved from East Aurora to Blasdell, NY in 1963 to be closer to their fans in the Buffalo area. The team headquarters was the Camelot Inn hotel, located on Mile Strip Road overlooking the NY State Thruway near Exit 56.
Two practice fields were built next to the hotel and surrounded by snow fences. Many fans attended the daily practices at the convenient location. The team utilized the Camelot for five years (1963-67). The hotel was demolished in the late 1980s and replaced by a shopping plaza which is still operating today near the corner of Mile Strip Road and McKinley Parkway.
The Bills moved to Niagara University in 1968 and conducted training camp there for 13 years (through 1980). The team utilized dormitories, food service and locker room facilities at the college along with a number of athletic fields.
Niagara University is located in the Town of Lewiston on the northern boundary of the city of Niagara Falls, NY. It stands atop the Niagara River Gorge four miles from the famous cataracts and overlooks the Province of Ontario, Canada.
Fredonia State served as the Buffalo Bills' training camp for 19 consecutive years (1981-1999).
The 245-acre campus in Fredonia, NY is located in the heart of northern Chautauqua County, halfway between Buffalo and Erie, PA. The college has been cited as one of "America's Best Colleges" in a special edition by U.S. News and World Report.
Team members, the coaching staff and management lived and met in three of the college's 13 dormitories. They practiced on the college's well-groomed playing fields, and utilized the physical education facilities including Dods Hall and Steele Hall, the latter a fieldhouse containing an indoor track and ice skating rink
As part of the continuing regionalization effort, the Bills moved their training camp in 2000 to St. John Fisher College near Rochester, NY. The school has become home to the most exciting training camp in the NFL, attracting fans from across the New York and Pennsylvania region.
The Bills utilize air-conditioned dormitories, food service facilities and modern training facilities plus natural grass practice fields and an artificial turf stadium field (when needed).
St. John Fisher College is an independent, liberal arts institution located in Pittsford, NY. The College offers 32 academic majors in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, business, education, and nursing, as well as nine pre-professional programs. Fisher also offers 12 masters and 3 doctoral programs.