For Julie Reiner and her brother Terry Diemer, Bills football has always been the glue that binds their family together. Their father, Arthur "Archie" Diemer, was the very first fan to purchase Bills season tickets when the team was founded in 1960. Since then, Diemer's love for the team was passed down to his children and so were his seats at New Era Field. While in Julie's name, she, Terry and their sister attend games together, rotating so that they all get a chance to enjoy the Bills. In celebration of her father's unique story and her unwavering support for the Bills, Julie was surprised with two tickets to Super Bowl LIV in Miami.
"Oh, it was unreal," said Julie when reminiscing on the impromptu gift.
Born and raised in nearby Bennington, New York, the Diemer siblings were introduced to the Buffalo Bills at a young age. In fact, Terry started attending games with his father during the team's inaugural season. After Julie elected to take her brother along for the trip to Miami, the pair set out for what was a football weekend unlike anything they'd experienced before. Chosen to be a part of the 2020 Super Bowl Season Ticket Member Experience, the duo linked up with fans from around the league for a program tailored specifically for them.
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Upon arriving on Friday, Jan. 31, Julie and Terry were presented with custom Bills jerseys that had the No. 54 on them. Getting to know fans from other AFC East teams like the Dolphins, made the weekend even more enjoyable.
"We became friends, kind of close friends, with the Miami Dolphins couple," she explained. "We were all like a family at the Super Bowl…everyone was pleasant and nice."
In the days leading up to epic Super Bowl LIV, featuring the AFC Chiefs and NFC 49ers, Julie and Terry, along with their NFL counterparts, were given exclusive access at events like NFL Honors. While on the red carpet, they had a chance to interact with celebrities such as comedian and the host of the awards show Steve Harvey, NFL MVP Lamar Jackson and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
"He was awesome; he shook everyone's hand," said Julie about Goodell, a Dunkirk, New York, native.
As any football fan would be, Julie and Terry were blown away by the sights and sounds surrounding them on Super Bowl Sunday.
"When we got to the Super Bowl, we got to go right down on the field, and we spent a good hour and a half, so we got to see some of the players up-close from both teams," she said. "Just to be able to do that and hang out…the whole experience of being at the Super Bowl was [awesome] because I've never been there."
Soaking it all in, Julie thought of her father and how excited he would be to know that his kids were at the big game.
"He would've been happy. I'm sorry that he wasn't there to experience it, but I'm sure he was up above looking down," she said.