Bills fans say goodbye to Toronto Series

In this Dec. 16, 2012, file photo, a sign outside the Rogers Centre announces an NFL football game between the Buffalo Bills and the Seattle Seahawks in Toronto. A Buffalo Bills fan group has uncovered documents that suggest a Toronto-based prospective ownership group has plans to relocate the franchise north of the border. The Buffalo Fan Alliance on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, identified several announcements referring to Rogers Communications consultant, Roger Rai, as being part of the ownership group "attempting to acquire and move the Buffalo Bills to Toronto." (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

ORHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — Bills fans welcomed back a home game that might have been played in Toronto next season as the Bills reached an agreement Wednesday to end the “Toronto Series”.

Many fans felt the Rogers Centre was not ready to host NFL football games. Critics of the series said the crowd was far removed from the action.  Tickets, they said, were over-priced, and more than a third of the fans who showed up were fans of other teams, not playing.

Other fans questioned if it really was worth traveling a hundred miles and not being able to tailgate.

Isha Francis of Williamsville said it involved too much driving, “Too much time on the road, and too much money in somebody else’s pocket.”

Games played at the Rogers Centre often had a hard time filling the stadium. “It’s a smaller stadium to begin with, and here [at Ralph Wilson Stadium] we’ve been selling out,” said atty Sachse, who’s a Bills fan from Hamburg.

Grace Vesneske, who works at O’Neills Stadium Inn near the Ralph in Orchard Park, said the home games mean not only more business for the restaurant and bar, but just plain fun. “We have fun just as much as we work, so it’s a bonus,” she said.

For the crew that lays down the tarp at the Ralph, restoring the home game means money in their pockets. Crew member Greg Montgomery said, “We were missing that home game. I’m glad they’re back in Buffalo and not in Toronto.”

The Bills won only one of five season games that were played at Toronto’s Rogers Centre since 2008.

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