BREAKING: Bills will NOT play in Toronto in 2014
Any Bills fans that are concerned about losing the team to Toronto and Rogers Media can breathe at least a short sigh of relief. The team has announced that in the team will not play a game in Toronto in 2014 and that all eight of their home games will take place at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Russ Brandon, President & CEO of the Buffalo Bills, and Keith Pelley, President of Rogers Media, have issued the following statement:
“The Buffalo Bills and Rogers are committed to delivering a first-class NFL experience to Canadians. As such, we have postponed for one year the scheduled 2014 regular season game at Rogers Centre in Toronto, and that game will return to Ralph Wilson Stadium. We will use this time to collectively evaluate opportunities and build on the foundation to enhance future games. We are committed to continuing our partnership and have secured a robust sponsorship agreement for the 2014 season that will bring Canadian NFL fans visibility and access to the Bills. The sponsorship includes ticketing, merchandising, media exposure, and a newly created Canada House, near Ralph Wilson Stadium, that will serve as the official pre-game Canadian tailgate zone for all Bills home games.
The NFL remains very popular in Canada and we are dedicated to enriching the experience for the fans.”
After the Toronto Series saw it’s lowest attendance yet in December when the Bills played the Atlanta Falcons, Russ Brandon made comments and suggestions implying that the series was in trouble. Thanks to a five-year renewal of their deal in 2013, it didn’t look like it was going away any time soon. It isn’t clear whether this move is permanent or just a one-year deal. Many fans have voiced their dislike for the series, stating that despite the game only being in Toronto that it still felt like the loss of a home game. The fear can likely stem from worries by fans that this is just preparing for the team’s eventual permanent move to Toronto when long-time owner Ralph Wilson Jr. passes away. What do you think? Is this a permanent goodbye to the Toronto series? Or is it just delaying the inevitable? Let us know by liking us on facebook and by following us on twitter!