Well, this is encouaging news for those of you hoping that the Bills avoid the dreaded home game TV blackout this season.
The Bills announced today that the team’s first two home games – Sept. 16 vs. Kansas City and Sept. 30 vs. New England – have both already sold out.
And this is before individual game tickets have even gone on sale – tickets for these games sold out during a special event that allowed season ticket holders to purchase extra tickets.
“Due to tremendous support from our 2012 season ticket holders, we are pleased to announce that New England and Kansas City regular game tickets have sold out,” said Chief Executive Officer Russ Brandon. “Season tickets and club seats remain available for all games.”
Group tickets for remaining games will go on-sale beginning Saturday, June 9th 2012. Individual game tickets will be available for purchase to the general public Tuesday, July 10th.
So you can strike two games off the blackout watch list. Two additional games – the Thursday night contest against the Dolphins and the annual “home game” in Toronto – are also not going to get blacked out. The Toronto game can’t be blacked out, and I’d be shocked if that night game doesn’t sell out.
That leaves four games those of us in the blackout zone (which ridiculously extends all the way down to me in Syracuse) to worry about. All four games are Sunday afternoon tilts: 10/21 vs. Tennessee, 12/2 vs. Jacksonville, 12/9 vs. St. Louis, and the season finale 12/30 vs. the Jets. The Tennessee game will likely inch to a sellout unless the Bills start 0-5 or something. The remaining three games will depend on if the Bills are in contention. If they are not, we will likely see the half-empty stadiums and blackouts we saw at the end of the 2011 campaign.