“Is there less of a party atmosphere here, not as wild as previous years?” On Your Side’s Josh Boose asked Jake Pirro, a Bills fan and tailgater.
“We’ve been parking our tailgate bus in the lot for I don’t even know how long and we weren’t even allowed in this year,” said Matthew Sheehan, another tailgater. “It never gets too out of control.”
“Never too wild?” Boose interrupted.
“It gets a little wild, that’s what we’re supposed to do, get ready for the game, get excited,” said Sheehan.
The NFL changed its fan code of conduct at the beginning of last season to make games more “family friendly”. This year, the Bills added some additional changes including an increase of alcohol management teams roaming the stadium parking lots before the games.
Kenny Johnson has been tailgating since 1980; the same year he bought his red pinto, which now serves as a hot plate, strangely cooking everything from hot dogs on a rake to bacon on a saw. But there is one thing Johnson doesn’t have this year…
“Tell me about that bowling ball,” Boose asked.
“Well, it’s actually, I call it my 16 pound shot glass, it’s one of the novelties at this Pinto tailgate,” said Johnson.
For years, people would come by and do shots out of ball’s finger holes. When the NFL asked him to stop Johnson was going to move his party, but the Bills called and asked him to stay.
“They might not be wrong, in the 20 years I’ve been doing this I’ve watched the line of what’s permissible move and it kind of moved over me last week,” said Johnson.”I’m good with that.”
Kenny’s happy and so are the Bills who say the code of conduct is in place so “everyone can enjoy the game day experience.”