Bills Fans it's time to Raid the Ralph


 

Nov 17, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; The American Flag on the field before a gam,e between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 17, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; The American Flag on the field before a gam,e between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday, it became clear to me that it’s up to the Bills fans to make sure the Bills don’t relocate. Yes, I know many analyst and experts have come out and said the same thing. So no, I am not trying to take credit for the idea. However, I am one of the first ones to call out the Bills fans and tell them it’s our time to lead the charge.  If you haven’t got the chance take a look at my Open Message to the Buffalo Bills Fans it explains a lot.

Now we all know there has been some serious talk about the Bills leaving Western New York, however, we all know this won’t happen anytime soon. Yeah, I guess what I am trying to say is there is still a chance. We have the opportunity to make it known that we stand behind our team through thick and thin. Yes, I know some of you may be saying well I do, but the fact is we have been slacking as a fan base.

We haven’t been filling the seats and supporting our team week in and week out. Yes, I know there have been some struggles over the last few years (okay more than a decade) and I can’t say they will stop. But I do know one thing, if we keep slacking as a fan base and not filling the seats, the struggles of our team will be the least of our concerns.

Now when it comes to the Bills leaving Western New York many would assume get out our pens and start sending around the petitions. Well folks that only goes so far and in the end it comes down to money. The loudest statement we can make as fans is making sure we fill the Ralph (Ralph Wilson Stadium for those who don’t know what I was referring to). The Ralph roughly holds 73,000 fans on any given Sunday and it’s said that the craziest area is the Rockpile. Now, sure we can all try to get in the Rockpile but let’s be honest it’s physically impossible.

I am asking you fellow fans, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, lets come together right this year. Lets make a statement to the players, to the coaches, to the front office, to the league and to potential buyers that Buffalo has the best fan base in the nation. No matter how bad our team is we will be there every week to support them. Now, if you have never been to the Ralph I dare you to buy tickets. If you only go twice a year, go to three. And if you have been thinking about buying season tickets, go all in.  This year Bills fans are the ones leading the charge, this year we need to #RaidTheRalph, because it’s up to us to make sure that the Ralph sells out and it’s up to us to make sure Ralph’s team stays where it belongs.

To keep the dream alive log on to Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or other social media and spread the word #RaidTheRalph or follow me @RaidTheRalph. Let’s make sure we sell out every home game this year.

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  • Ron Cianciosi

    Let’s face it , it all comes down to $$$$$. And not. The average fan. How can Toronto and LA keep being the hot spots for NFL teams when Toronto failed miserably in their audition with the Bills games and LA doesn’t support the teams when it had them. It’s all about the big bucks and greed by the owners.

  • chas territo

    Nice but very flawed idea. I am one of those fans who has a very limited income. What can I do other than support them outside the stadium. There are many like me. You ask crazy shit from all fans. As much as I would love to be in the stadium every game it will not happen and I do want to be in our stadium. Before you call fans out maybe you need to re-think your flawed idea. I do take offense to your flawed and insensitive idea. GO BILLS!!

  • Nate G.

    Chas sorry that you took offense to the idea, I didn’t mean to do that. I understand the hardships people go through and I myself am one of them. By no means did I mean to call anyone a bad fan because they can’t afford to go to a game or multiple games. What I am merely trying to say is we know Buffalo has been a struggling team and every year for the first three home games the stadium is packed and mostly sold out. However, by the end of the year tickets are dirt cheap and the stadium is empty. I just think as fans as a whole we need to come together and make sure we pack that stadium as much as possible no matter the outcome. Potential buyers will be looking the empty seats and they will know that if they relocate this team they will be able to pack the stadium week in and week out.

  • Nate G.

    Couldn’t agree more but most of the money comes from filling a seat on Sundays. As long as there are empty seats any buyer will think about relocating because they know they just lost over $100 to $300 per empty seat on a given week.

  • chas territo

    Thank you for this, it proves your a good man, but…? The new owner thing is irrelevant at this time. If someone buys the team he will pay an exorbitant amount of money to move the team. Do you know of any smart successful businessman who would seriously do this? Really? This supposed buyer got successful by not doing something like this. What is dumb is thinking we need to worry about that happening. $400 million dollars and that’s before all the costs are factored in for all the A, B, C’s of running a franchise make moving the team undoable, I think. Who would do something like that? Nobody. Attendance goes hand in hand with winning, true, right? The Bills are on the verge of greatness I believe. When that does happen attendance will not be an issue. If you need proof look back when we were Super Bowl bound. How many sell outs did we have? I think you are making something out of nothing. Wait and see, no new owner will move the Bills. GO BILLS!!