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#1 Johnny Hammersticks

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 09:00 AM

Hello all.

I have never been to training camp before, and have decided to take my son and my Father on Monday 7/21.  My father had back surgery last year, and cannot walk very well.  He can walk for short distances, but then needs to rest (I plan on bringing a folding chair).

In order to make it a better experience for everyone, I am looking for some suggestions.  Where to park?  What time to get there (2pm practice)?  Where to eat?  Where to sit?  Best way to get autographs?  Any other helpful hints/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks TBD family!!

Go Bills!!

Edit:  Mod's, I realize that there is another training camp "advice thread," but was hoping for some suggestions specific to my situation (i.e., Father's limited mobility).  

Oh yeah, also, do I need to get tickets?  If so, how do I purchase them?  We will be coming from Syracuse.

Edited by Johnny Hammersticks, 17 July 2014 - 09:50 AM.


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 09:42 AM

View PostJohnny Hammersticks, on 17 July 2014 - 09:00 AM, said:

Hello all.

I have never been to training camp before, and have decided to take my son and my Father on Monday 7/21.  My father had back surgery last year, and cannot walk very well.  He can walk for short distances, but then needs to rest (I plan on bringing a folding chair).

In order to make it a better experience for everyone, I am looking for some suggestions.  Where to park?  What time to get there (2pm practice)?  Where to eat?  Where to sit?  Best way to get autographs?  Any other helpful hints/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks TBD family!!

Go Bills!!

Oh yeah, also, do I need to get tickets?  If so, how do I purchase them?  We will be coming from Syracuse.
I can tell you TIX are free, but you have to stop at specific places to get them

http://www.syracuse....nformation.html

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 09:46 AM

View PostBillsFan-4-Ever, on 17 July 2014 - 09:42 AM, said:

I can tell you TIX are free, but you have to stop at specific places to get them

http://www.syracuse....nformation.html

Thank you.  Given that it is a 2pm practice, however, do you think I will need tickets at all?  The reason I ask is because the link you provided refers specifically to the night practices.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 09:51 AM

View PostJohnny Hammersticks, on 17 July 2014 - 09:46 AM, said:

Thank you.  Given that it is a 2pm practice, however, do you think I will need tickets at all?  The reason I ask is because the link you provided refers specifically to the night practices.
You are correct.  You only need tickets for night practices.  Day practices are free.  Please refer to this thread for all of the answers you seek:
http://forums.twobil...o-eatdrinkstay/

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 09:51 AM

No tix needed. Park at either pittsford Sutherland or pittsford mendon high school. Shuttle is 1$. No need to get to practice early, especially if you have a young one. For an afternoon practice they will be on the back grass fields. There is plenty of bleachers. Afternoon practice always less crowded than night practice. Autographs along the fence after practice.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 09:52 AM

View PostJohnny Hammersticks, on 17 July 2014 - 09:00 AM, said:

Hello all.

I have never been to training camp before, and have decided to take my son and my Father on Monday 7/21.  My father had back surgery last year, and cannot walk very well.  He can walk for short distances, but then needs to rest (I plan on bringing a folding chair).

In order to make it a better experience for everyone, I am looking for some suggestions.  Where to park?  What time to get there (2pm practice)?  Where to eat?  Where to sit?  Best way to get autographs?  Any other helpful hints/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks TBD family!!

Go Bills!!

Oh yeah, also, do I need to get tickets?  If so, how do I purchase them?  We will be coming from Syracuse.

I always park at Sutherland school... (May be spelled wrong, but it's close)

They shuttle you over to SJF. You can look on the bills site, soon they should announce a schedule for the kids autograph tent, 14 and under... If you son is older than 14 I highly recommend you steal
A couple kids to send through the line for you...

I always go to the far practice field and sit as low as possible and closes to the middle.  As soon as practice concludes there is a long whistle.... Easily confused with other whistles, but should be able to find the scheduled practice time conclusion, and it will be very close to then... Once that happens, I go down the stairs in the middle of the grandstands, it's a dead end type of thing, but that's where the players pass through to return to the locker room...  Often times players stop there for autographs, but don't expect all...

If practice starts at two, and your father has mobility issues, I would see what time shuttling starts and be there then, maybe around 1.

Best of luck and I hope this helped

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 10:02 AM

View PostFluffHead, on 17 July 2014 - 09:51 AM, said:

No tix needed. Park at either pittsford Sutherland or pittsford mendon high school. Shuttle is 1$. No need to get to practice early, especially if you have a young one. For an afternoon practice they will be on the back grass fields. There is plenty of bleachers. Afternoon practice always less crowded than night practice. Autographs along the fence after practice.

Thank you much!!  Good info.  Is there a long distance to walk from where the shuttle drops you off to where the practice fields are?

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I always park at Sutherland school... (May be spelled wrong, but it's close)

They shuttle you over to SJF. You can look on the bills site, soon they should announce a schedule for the kids autograph tent, 14 and under... If you son is older than 14 I highly recommend you steal
A couple kids to send through the line for you...

I always go to the far practice field and sit as low as possible and closes to the middle.  As soon as practice concludes there is a long whistle.... Easily confused with other whistles, but should be able to find the scheduled practice time conclusion, and it will be very close to then... Once that happens, I go down the stairs in the middle of the grandstands, it's a dead end type of thing, but that's where the players pass through to return to the locker room...  Often times players stop there for autographs, but don't expect all...

If practice starts at two, and your father has mobility issues, I would see what time shuttling starts and be there then, maybe around 1.

Best of luck and I hope this helped

Thanks Cletus!!  Good advice there.  My son is 4, so I plan on trying to get him some autographs.  His favorite player is Fred Jackson, so I hope he will be signing.  Will they allow me to join my son in the autograph tent, given that he is so young?

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 10:08 AM

View PostJohnny Hammersticks, on 17 July 2014 - 10:02 AM, said:

Thank you much!!  Good info.  Is there a long distance to walk from where the shuttle drops you off to where the practice fields are?



Thanks Cletus!!  Good advice there.  My son is 4, so I plan on trying to get him some autographs.  His favorite player is Fred Jackson, so I hope he will be signing.  Will they allow me to join my son in the autograph tent, given that he is so young?
They have in years past. But a lot of times it depends upon who is working security at the tent.  I think officially the kid needs to be old enough to be in there on his/her own.  But if you are polite and ask I suspect they won't give you a hard time.

If it is a very popular player like FredEx you will want to get there plenty early.  The players are only in the tent a short time and if the line gets too long for a player they stop allowing people in it.

Edited by CodeMonkey, 17 July 2014 - 10:16 AM.


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 10:11 AM

The walk is pretty significant. Definitely take the folding chair. I went for the first time last year for an afternoon practice. It was a great time.

Hopefully this works, but this is a rough "memory" of the walk we had to make. Dropped off at Red Star and walked that path to bleachers.
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Posted 17 July 2014 - 10:21 AM

View Postrsxfirefighter, on 17 July 2014 - 10:11 AM, said:

The walk is pretty significant. Definitely take the folding chair. I went for the first time last year for an afternoon practice. It was a great time.

Hopefully this works, but this is a rough "memory" of the walk we had to make. Dropped off at Red Star and walked that path to bleachers.

Thanks.  Good illustration.  Seems like a pretty long walk.  It is difficult to judge from the pic.  Approximately how far is the walk?

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 10:27 AM

Its about 300 yds (3 football fields). But you really only walk it at the beginning and end..unless you need to use restrooms which are located half way down that path by the lower left side of the Main (lower left) football field.

Oh yeah..make sure you bring a few singles with you. They only take cash for the $1 per person round trip bus fee from the high school to college. I forgot and had to stop at an atm when I got there.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 10:33 AM

View Postrsxfirefighter, on 17 July 2014 - 10:27 AM, said:

Its about 300 yds (3 football fields). But you really only walk it at the beginning and end..unless you need to use restrooms which are located half way down that path by the lower left side of the Main (lower left) football field.

Oh yeah..make sure you bring a few singles with you. They only take cash for the $1 per person round trip bus fee from the high school to college. I forgot and had to stop at an atm when I got there.
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Posted 17 July 2014 - 10:38 AM

View Postrsxfirefighter, on 17 July 2014 - 10:27 AM, said:

Its about 300 yds (3 football fields). But you really only walk it at the beginning and end..unless you need to use restrooms which are located half way down that path by the lower left side of the Main (lower left) football field.

Oh yeah..make sure you bring a few singles with you. They only take cash for the $1 per person round trip bus fee from the high school to college. I forgot and had to stop at an atm when I got there.

Thanks.  That sounds workable.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 10:39 AM

Extremely jealous....the last time I was at a NFL training camp was when I went with a friend to pats camp (this is back when they had Bledsoe, Curtis Martin...so....a WHILE)

Loved it....just absolutely loved it

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 10:47 AM

View Postrsxfirefighter, on 17 July 2014 - 10:11 AM, said:

The walk is pretty significant. Definitely take the folding chair. I went for the first time last year for an afternoon practice. It was a great time.

Hopefully this works, but this is a rough "memory" of the walk we had to make. Dropped off at Red Star and walked that path to bleachers.
The closer field, the football one, is where most of the activity is so you generally don't need to walk the full path of the red line in the picture.

One more thing, since you have a 4 year old, right along the red line in the picture about at the end zone of the football field, they have a play area for kids that has football themed games and bouncy house type of stuff for young kids. Kids love it :)

One caveat though, I believe they did a bunch of work there since last camp so the layout could be very different now.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 11:09 AM

View PostCodeMonkey, on 17 July 2014 - 10:47 AM, said:


The closer field, the football one, is where most of the activity is so you generally don't need to walk the full path of the red line in the picture.

One more thing, since you have a 4 year old, right along the red line in the picture about at the end zone of the football field, they have a play area for kids that has football themed games and bouncy house type of stuff for young kids. Kids love it :)

One caveat though, I believe they did a bunch of work there since last camp so the layout could be very different now.

Nice!  My boy is so excited.  I really hope he gets to meet FredEx (I wouldn't mind meeting him either...haha).  Do they have souvenir stands?


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 11:14 AM

View PostJohnny Hammersticks, on 17 July 2014 - 11:09 AM, said:

  Do they have souvenir stands?
now that's funny  .... sorry,  who am I to tell you. I've never been to one.  BUT I've seen a lot of video and stills.   F-yes they will.   bring $$$

http://www.buffalobi...-to-expect.html

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 11:15 AM

View PostJohnny Hammersticks, on 17 July 2014 - 11:09 AM, said:

Nice!  My boy is so excited.  I really hope he gets to meet FredEx (I wouldn't mind meeting him either...haha).  Do they have souvenir stands?
No stands per se.  But they force you to walk through a Bills Store to get from the bus drop off to fields :)   There are food stands though where you can get water and pizza etc.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 11:39 AM

View PostJohnny Hammersticks, on 17 July 2014 - 09:00 AM, said:

Hello all.

I have never been to training camp before, and have decided to take my son and my Father on Monday 7/21.  My father had back surgery last year, and cannot walk very well.  He can walk for short distances, but then needs to rest (I plan on bringing a folding chair).

In order to make it a better experience for everyone, I am looking for some suggestions.  Where to park?  What time to get there (2pm practice)?  Where to eat?  Where to sit?  Best way to get autographs?  Any other helpful hints/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks TBD family!!

Go Bills!!


Edit:  Mod's, I realize that there is another training camp "advice thread," but was hoping for some suggestions specific to my situation (i.e., Father's limited mobility).  

Oh yeah, also, do I need to get tickets?  If so, how do I purchase them?  We will be coming from Syracuse.

Why would you bother?
Manuel is a bust.
Marrone and Hackett are in over their heads.
Pettine is gone Schwartz stinks.
Byrd is gone.
Kiko is out.
Chris Williams is a bum.
Watkins only catches screens.
No first round pick.
Spiller is a bust.
Team is moving.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 11:45 AM

View Postchris heff, on 17 July 2014 - 11:39 AM, said:



Did I miss anything?

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