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Bills in Toronto Games On Hold



(WBEN/WGR)  The Buffalo Bills will not hold their usual game in Toronto this coming season.

 The team made the announcement  Wednesday morning in a joint statement (READ IT BELOW) issued by Team President Russ Brandon and Rogers Media.



“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. "  the statement says.
 
All 8 home games will be played at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park. The Bills have played a game at the Rogers Centre for the past six seasons, the most recent on this past December where the Bills fell short to Atlanta Falcons 34-3.

 
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The  team has consistently said  that they attract more fans to Ralph Wilson Stadium  from the Ontario area than from Rochester area, but have had trouble creating a home game environment for the Toronto game.

The team will enter into a new sponsorship agreement that will help cater to Canadian fans that come to Buffalo home games at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
  The effort will include "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 statement said

The Toronto series  has been plagued by poor attendance and sellouts only accomplished by ticket giveways. 

The  removal of the game from this year's schedule is a one year hold but does not necesdsarily extend beyond 2014-15.

 The Bills are 1-5 in games at the Rogers Centre and have yet to make the Rogers Centre feel like a home-field environment. 

The Bills started a five year partnership with the Rogers Centre in 2008, and in 2013 they extended the deal until the 2017 season. There has been no say on what will happen with the upcoming seasons.


Here's The Announcement from the team

 
Rogers and Buffalo Bills Postpone 2014 Regular Season Game in Toronto to Deliver Better Fan Experience
 
-- Announce 2014 Sponsorship Agreement --
 
TORONTO and BUFFALO (March 5, 2014) – Russ Brandon, President & CEO of the Buffalo Bills, and Keith Pelley, President of Rogers Media, issued the following statement today:
 
“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.”
 
 

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