There’s suddenly a lot of hype and excitement surrounding the Buffalo Bills. One big week can do that to an NFL team, especially early in the season.
Maybe it’s too early to tell if the energy boost resulting from their Week 1 road victory in Kansas City will help increase ticket sales, but the early reports aren’t exactly uplifting. The Associated Press reports that, in Buffalo, season-ticket sales are at their lowest point since 2001:
Chief executive officer Russ Brandon says the Bills have sold 37,555 season tickets in leading up to their home opener against Oakland on Sunday. That number is about a 1,000 more than the Bills sold in 2001. It’s also about 6,500 short of last year’s total.
Brandon projects the team will sell out its first three home games. He adds the Bills will have a difficult time selling out their final three – all of them in December.
Bad performances, low expectations and a poor economy are naturally being blamed for the dip, but the Bills have missed the playoffs 11 straight seasons and the economy has been in the tank for three years. So why now? Are Bills fans finally beginning to grow tired of losing? Many fan bases start ditching perennial losers much quicker than this, but maybe even reputably super-faithful Western New Yorkers have finally started to jump ship.