This Sunday the 5-9 Buffalo Bills will take on the 8-6 Miami Dolphins at the Ralph. Buffalo is hoping they can play the spoiler role and end this year’s home schedule on a high note. Sadly unless you live over 90 miles away from Orchard Park you won’t be able to watch this game. It has been announced that there is roughly 16,000 seats still available for this game, and it will most likely be blacked out.
This will be only the second time this season that a home Bills game will not be on TV. There are two contributing factor that are leading to this block out.
First it’s mid-December in Buffalo, NY. The forecast for Sunday’s game is 38 degrees with a 15 MPH wind and a 70 % chance of rain. Buffalo has had a very hard time selling out games this late into the season; it’s really no shock that this season has gone the same way. With the television product being so good, and technology being as good as it is fewer and fewer people need or want to go sit outside this time of year. It’s just something the Bills will need to overcome in years to come.
The second issue here is the team is just bad. Buffalo has failed to make the playoffs for 14 straight years, and fans are no longer willing to suffer through wet, cold weather to watch a losing team. There will always be something to being at the game, but let’s face it, the emptiness of a 3/4 full stadium is not a draw.
I’m not saying that this is the worst team ever, or that you shouldn’t go to this week’s game, but I am saying unless there is a concrete advantage to going to a Bills game in December fans don’t seem willing to attend.
With that being said let me ask you this; if the Buffalo Bills were winning, and in the playoff picture would the Ralph sell out? In other words would you be willing to spend your money to see a competitive team play in the wet cold mid-December weather?