Buffalo Bills are a team in the midst of the longest active playoff drought currently in the NFL at 14 seasons; however you wouldn’t know that by the number of season tickets they have sold thus far this off-season. Vice president of marketing Marc Honan says the team has passed the 44,000 mark, which already tops the total in each of the past four seasons. By comparison, the team sold 42,450 season tickets last year, and had topped 44,000 just 13 times in their 54 seasons (with being in Orchard Park since 1973).
Optimism has caught on in The Queen City after the team re-armed with several notable free agents including Brandon Spikes after Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd left for the New Orleans Saints. Another reason for Buffalo Bills fans to have something to cheer about is it seems like second year quarterback E.J. Manuel seems to have made significant strides after his injury riddled rookie campaign was cut short.
With the exception of the Cleveland Browns selecting quarterback Johnny Manziel, the Buffalo Bills stole the show day one of the 2014 NFL Draft. They did so by being ultra aggressive by moving up five spots and giving up their 2015 first round pick in order to draft blue chip prospect wide receiver Sammy Watkins.
Also in this year’s draft they addressed their offensive line needs heavily by drafting Cyrus Kouandjio, Cyril Richardson, and Seantrel Henderson respectably. With adding these three gigantic men and with at least two of them that could be day one starters, the Buffalo Bills certainly will have the largest line in the NFL.
All and all, the Buffalo Bills are in win-now mode likely due to the original owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr.’s passing back in March. With new ownership coming in with an uncertain future sooner than later, it could be the main reason why the season ticket surge occurred this year besides the sudden optimism that has hit Western New York.