How To Get More Than Your Money’s Worth
At New Era Field

How to save money at New Era Field...
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New Era Field, formerly known as Ralph Wilson Stadium, is easily one of the cheaper NFL stadiums.

Year in and year out, Buffalo Bills ticket prices are among the lowest, both in terms of face value and secondary market value.

2016 was no different, as Bills home game tickets ranked 17th & 24th, respectively, when it came to average face value and initial resale cost.

Better yet, (in 2015) the average price of a Bills ticket represented only 14.24% ($141.74¹/$995.62²) of the median weekly Buffalo household income - a figure that is again, below average, and ranks just 20th out of the 32 NFL teams.


How refreshing - an NFL stadium that actually provides some bang for the buck, so you won’t need any money saving tips.

Or do you??

I mean, is the notion of sane prices so alien that you’re happy to pay anything less than a king’s ransom?

Don’t you deserve to get more than your money’s worth for a change?

How to save money at New Era Field

Tickets.   NFL ticket prices on the secondary market usually cost much more than their face value. In 2016, the initial average resale price was 2.61 times the average face value; in 2015 it was 2.49 times.

This is clearly not the case with the Buffalo Bills. For instance, take the 2015 week 2 matchup between the Patriots and the Bills at New Era Field. Two weeks before the game, there were seats in section 102 available from online ticket brokers for as little as $125. These seats would cost a season ticket holder $105, and would cost you $123 if you bought them from the Bills’ official website.

Find out here which ticket brokers give you the best chance at the best prices.

Bills Mafia is the bro shotgunning beers and crushing the cans on his forehead. It’s the guy lighting himself on fire. Or the lady doing Dizzy Bat…”
Tailgating.   Led by the Bills Mafia “fambase”, Buffalo was ranked as the top tailgating city in 2015 by Yahoo Travel.

That may or may not mean squat, since every NFL fan thinks their team’s is the best.

But if nothing else, the tailgate parties at New Era Field have become a spectator sport and internet fodder, as evidenced by the dozens of viral videos:

Of course you don’t have to go that far to have some fun, but since tailgating at the old Ralph Wilson Stadium is nearly as big an event as the game itself, I’m sure these cost-cutting tips will be helpful for your next Buffalo Bills tailgate party.

  • Beer - The cost of a beer at the Buffalo Bills stadium is the 3rd highest in the NFL, so why pay $9.50 for one when you can get thirty Labatt’s for $15.99? You can find other great deals on brew at Consumer Beverages.

  • Tailgating games - Why 150 bucks or more for a custom corn hole board when you can get a Buffalo Bills corn hole wrap for just $50? There are also games for much less, including the choice of many Bills fans, Dizzy Bat.

  • Food - What would a Buffalo Bills tailgate party be without Buffalo wings? While you probably know that they’re easy to make, perhaps you don’t realize how little it will cost you. Drumsticks cost about $1.25/lb., and wings are about $2.60 per, so you can easily whip up a batch for less than half of what Buffalo Wild Wings would charge. Here is a pretty simple recipe for Buffalo wings.

  • Parking - A New Era Field parking pass is pretty cheap ($25) by NFL stadium standards, but if you can’t get one at face value, you still may end up paying double or triple that from an online ticket broker. Find some way cheaper parking alternatives right here.

2017 Buffalo Bills schedule

Date Opponent Time (EST) Venue
Sep 10 Jets 1:00 PM New Era Field
Sep 17 Panthers 1:00 PM Bank of America Stadium
Sep 24 Broncos 1:00 PM  
Oct 1 Falcons 1:00 PM Mercedes Benz Stadium
Oct 8 Bengals 1:00 PM Paul Brown Stadium
Oct 22 Buccaneers 1:00 PM  
Oct 29 Raiders 1:00 PM  
Nov 2 Jets 8:25 PM MetLife Stadium
Nov 12 Saints 1:00 PM  
Nov 19 Chargers 4:05 PM StubHub Center
Nov 26 Chiefs 1:00 PM Arrowhead Stadium
Dec 3 Patriots 1:00 PM  
Dec 10 Colts 1:00 PM  
Dec 17 Dolphins 1:00 PM  
Dec 24 Patriots 1:00 PM Gillette Stadium
Dec 31 Dolphins 1:00 PM Hard Rock Stadium
  = Home game

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