BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — For a team that is most comfortable playing in western New York, traveling to London for a game is a massive undertaking, and it’s one Buffalo Bills President Russ Brandon was ready to take on.
Brandon sat down for an exclusive interview with News 4 to detail how he and the Bills front office readied an entire organization to call another city — in another country — home for an entire week. Brandon said he and his staff put together two committees, one for football operations and another for business operations.
“We were over here twice over the summer,” Brandon said. “It’s been a lot on the staff, they’ve done an outstanding job like they always do.”
Brandon said his staff organized the stay at The Grove hotel, but in terms of football, his players can play anywhere as long as they’re well adjusted.
“It’s been a great experience,” Brandon said, noting Buffalo Bills fans are helping the experience along.
Bills fans, and football fans in London, purchased 80,000 seats in Wembley Stadium in just 23 minutes. Brandon said fans of the Buffalo Bills travel well.
“It’s funny, it seems like you run into every other person in Buffalo and they say, ‘Hey I’ll see you in London, we’re going to London,'” Brandon said. “I think it’s a great experience for our fan base. We have the best fans in the league.”
When Buffalo travels, it brings the entire experience. With the Bills, London will also receive a healthy dose of the 716 brand.
“To have the experience with 716, you know obviously Delaware North is a big part of the Wembley property, another Buffalo family,” Brandon said. “To continue to expand our brand is a great thing for our organization.”
The Buffalo feeling, as Brandon described it, has only been made more special by Kim and Terry Pegula.
“What the Pegulas have done since they bought the Bills and obviously what they did prior to buying the Sabres, our ‘One Buffalo’ moniker and everything Buffalo has just been an outstanding opportunity to be part of.”
With business and planning done much in advance, Bills players and staff are enjoying exploring the city before they play the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
“This is our first foray into it since the 1990’s,” Brandon said. “There’s a lot of moving parts, but it’s been a lot of fun.”
But when asked what he most wants to take away from the trip to London, Brandon responded with an answer that should make many Bills fans happy.
“A win, that’s really the only thing I care about,” Brandon said. “Our team is totally focused on that.”
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