ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – Orchard Park Police said fans who had their cars towed during the Buffalo Bills game on Sunday walked by several ‘no parking’ signs, on their walk into Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Orchard Park Police are doubling-down on their decision to tow more than 50 cars from a side-street — writing a letter Tuesday defending the decision.
But the town supervisor still disagrees.
When the Bills sell out home games, 70,000 fans need to find a place to park. According to Orchard Park Police, Ralph Wilson Stadium’s parking lots can only hold half of those cars.
And during Sunday’s home game against the Packers, police say many of the private lots were too wet and sloppy to open, which led to many drivers parking on streets — Like Taylor Road. Which led to many drivers getting their cars towed.
“It makes this Buffalo trip a little less lovely than I thought,” said New Jersey resident Kasey Spurlock. “It sucks. Going through all this for nothing, I think something stupid.”
This was the scene at the Orchard Park Police Department on Sunday Night as more than 50 drivers had to pay more than $200 to get their cars back.
“I felt this was a safe parking area, not knowing we were going to get our car towed,” said New Jersey resident Tom Cavallaro.
Police say there are 37 of these signs along Taylor Road in just a one-mile stretch. But some of the people towed say the signs are confusing. This one says no parking on this side. So does that mean you can park on the other side?
“If I would have driven there and saw No Parking On This Side, I would have thought well, I can park on the other side. Although that side had no parking signs too, to be honest with you,” said Orchard Park Town Supervisor Patrick Keem.
Police defended themselves Sunday night but Keem disagrees.
“As far as being neighborly, and nice to out of town guests coming to the Bills game, I think it was a little callous to tow the cars off the road,” Keem said.
Today in a letter, the assistant chief wrote Taylor Road is a major artery for emergency vehicles heading to and from the Ralph on game days. And the towing was a matter of safety.
Supervisor Keem said this issue will likely come up at a meeting, and he’d like to get rid of those “no parking on this side” signs, and replace them with clearer signs.