New Era Field to host Bills training camp
For the last 20 seasons, Buffalo Bills players and fans have flocked to St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, New York where the team’s training camp as held. This season, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, things have changed.
For the first time in the team’s rich history of playing in New Era Field, formerly Ralph Wilson Stadium and Rich Stadium, the team’s training camp will be held in the same facility they take to in front of thousands of fans on Sundays. The only caveat, there will be no fans. This comes because of the highly transmittable virus that is still a very real factor. With the health of players and spectators being the top priority, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced that after collaboration by the league, the players union and medical experts that all training camps must be held at team facilities.
Though many new Buffalo Bills players will miss out on the festivities that can make a somewhat grueling series of practices fun like team bonding, getting to know the lay of the land of New Era Field during training camp may work in their favor.
As previously mentioned in other pieces, New Era Field is not the most comfortable place to play. With the weather being an extreme factor, holding practice in the team’s home field may help the 2020 NFL Draft selections climatize to the same field they will grace on gameday.