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Buffalo Bills: Losing Home Field Advantage?


The Buffalo Bills head north of the border this Sunday to take on the Atlanta Falcons within the ungodly concrete monstrosity that is the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The Bills in Toronto Series has long been criticized for taking away the Bills home field advantage and essentially limiting the team to 7 home games each season, and that won’t change this year.

Not only do the Bills lose the advantage of playing in the elements at Ralph Wilson Stadium, but they must play in front of a crowd that isn’t compromised of primarily Bills fans. While Buffalo is the closest NFL city to Toronto, the Bills are hardly the go to franchise for residents of the area. For this reason, it might not be surprising that as of Thursday morning, close to 6,000 tickets remain for Sunday’s match up despite prices that have been heavily discounted from previous years.

While there is still plenty of time left for the people of Toronto to make a last-minute purchase, the Bills may once again be playing in front of a partisan crowd, that isn’t near the stadium’s capacity. The prospect of watching a 4-7 Bills team take on a lowly Falcons squad certainly hasn’t helped at the box office, you would think that given the recent rumors of a Jon Bon Jovi led group looking to move the Bills to Toronto, the city would show a little bit more interest when that team comes to town once a year.

If come Sunday the Bills are indeed treated to the disinterested, quiet crowd of years past in Toronto, and end up falling to an inferior Falcons squad, Bills fans can point to the loss of the home field advantage that the team clearly gets at Ralph Wilson Stadium as the final nail in the coffin of their playoff hopes.

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