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Could Fan Behavior Get Worse as Bills Contend for Playoffs?

Sheriffs say most fans are cooperative

Tom Puckett
November 14, 2017 - 4:00 am
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Orchard Park, NY (WBEN) The Bills are still in playoff contention with six games to go, and after a streaker jumped onto the field at New Era Field Sunday, could behavior get worse as the team continues its quest for its first playoff berth in nearly two decades?

Scott Zylka with the Erie County Sheriff's Office says for the most part, fans are well behaved. "They're obeying requests from security and law enforcement or they are not behaving that badly," says Zylka. "Those few individuals are giving the community a black eye, and we're asking anyone who feels uncomfortable or sees something wrong, say something, and we will address the issue, and if it's a criminal act, we will make arrests."

Zylka says the ECSO is using the Buffalo Police Skytower to oversee parking lots and ATVs to get between parking lots to monitor fan behavior.

One well known lot is Hammer's Lot and owner Eric Matwijow has zero tolerance for things like table slamming. "We walk up the road and emphasize rules like no funnels, no table slamming. Last time, around 12:45, we caught a couple kids were ejected from the property with no refunds," says Matwijow.

He says it seems the atmosphere has been about the same, and with the Bills winning, the fans are happier. But he fears rowdier behavior should the Bills fall out of contention. "Those tickets will go to a younger crowd who normally don't go to games, and don't know how to behave as adults yet," says Matwijow. 

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