1. Get a first look at the Bills
For the Buffalo Bills, the upcoming trip to St. John Fisher will mark the team's 19th year hosting training camp at the nearby college. Located east of Buffalo, in the Rochester suburb of Pittsford, New York, the facility has become a home away from home for Bills players, coaches, staff and guests. Providing fans in Rochester and Buffalo with a first look at the Bills as they prepare for the upcoming 2018 season, Bills Training Camp, presented by Connors and Ferris, offers an unmatched atmosphere.
2. It's kid-friendly!
With school out for the summer, training camp gives families a chance to see some of their favorite players up-close, while making lasting memories with their loved ones. At camp, kids will enjoy activities found in the Bills Experience area, presented by Independent Health, which is located near the camp's main entrance, such as, the football toss, running back challenge and the popular backyard game - cornhole! Billy Buffalo will also be making daily appearances.
3. New this year – theme days!
New at camp this year, the Buffalo Bills will host six theme days to further enhance the fan experience at St. John Fisher! With each theme day, fans are encouraged to come dressed the part and to take advantage of the fun. The themes include: Christmas in July (July 29), Princess & Superhero Day (Aug. 1), Wild West Day (Aug. 2), Military Appreciation Day (Aug. 5), One Buffalo Day (Aug. 7) and Pirate Day (Aug. 14). For more information on the theme days, check back on the Bills social media channels and Buffalobills.com.
4. Giveaway items
A limited number of giveaway items will be available for guests on each theme day for children and families. Giveaway items include, a Buffalo Bills ornament for Christmas in July, a pink or blue cape for Princess & Superhero Day, a giant foam hat for Wild West Day, Buffalo Bills dog tags for Military Appreciation Day, slap bracelets for One Buffalo Day and Pirate Yowies for Pirate Day. Additionally, with each $50 purchase at The Bills Store, during the themed practices, fans will receive a themed koozie while supplies last. Stickers will be available for all guests at camp.
5. Kids Autograph Zone presented by Democrat & Chronicle
Once again, the Kids Autograph Zone, presented by Democrat & Chronicle, will be available at camp for kids who are under the age of 14! With the exception of evening practices, this area will be open following each practice. The station will feature two Bills players who will each sign for a period of 15minutes. Each child will be able to get one item signed. Due to high demand, lines will be limited to the number of kids that can be accommodated that day. For schedule details, please visit here.
6. Stock up on your Bills gear
Looking to purchase new Bills gear while at camp? The Bills Store, located on-site at St. John Fisher, will have a variety of merchandise to fit your needs! Stop by to purchase brand new goods from exceptional NFL licensed brands including New Era, Nike and more! The Bills Store will be open to guests during camp hours. For details on practice dates and times, click here.
7. The Return of the Blue & Red presented by Bud Light
The Bills will be back at New Era Field on Friday, August 3, at 6:15 p.m. for the 'The Return of the Blue & Red' presented by Bud Light. This night practice will allow fans to see the team practice at their home field. The exciting event will also feature family-friendly activities, live commentary and fireworks! Admission to the practice is free, but a ticket is required. For more information on ticketed camp practices, click here.
8. The perfect photo op
Fans will have a chance to interact with some of the team's sponsors and vendors at camp, including those offering free photo opportunities! Complimentary photos will be available in the Merchandise tent, as well as outside of the tent in the Bills Experience area, presented by Independent Health. Complete with training camp themed Instagram borders, these photos are a great way to document your visit! Life-size Buffalo Bills player cutouts will also be on display.
9. Policies and procedures
The NFL bag policy and security screening process will remain in effect at training camp this year. Guests will be screened upon entry and will be asked to remove all cell phones, keys, and glasses cases from their person as they walk through the metal detectors. Guests will also need to carry all personal belongings in either a 12"x6"x12" clear plastic or zip lock bag OR a personal clutch bag 4.5"x6.5" with or without a strap.
10. Parking and transportation
Thinking about parking? Fans have the option to park at Pittsford Mendon High School, Pittsford Sutherland High School or Baker Road Middle School, to take a shuttle bus for just $1 per rider (children ages 11 and under may ride free of charge). For more information on the shuttle schedule and directions to camp, click here.