Originally Posted by JSn
I'm very excited to finally see the Patriots play in person. I've been to training camp and visited the stadium in the off-season twice. Even went to Vince's draft party a couple of years back.
Since I live in Ontario (Canada) Buffalo is the closest NFL stadium. Just got some tix from ticket exchange (section 112, row 31).
Any pointers on how early to arrive, parking, where to tailgate, or tricks on keeping warm? Any Patsfans going to the game?
I admit it, I'm psyched.
I've been passing through the border a lot recently and haven't had any problems.
From the Peace Bridge to the Stadium, it's a 30 minute drive (avoid the backroads and take the highway). I live near the Peace Bridge and I'm leaving at 11 am.
Do not park at official Buffalo Bills parking. It's a nightmare. park at one of the lots along Milestrip or Abbott Road and walk to the stadium, or park on someone's lawn (they'll collect your money and allow it).
It takes about 15 minutes to get in at the gate.
I wear my ski gear, fully cover my head, wool socks, and those hot packets for hands and feet. I have never felt the cold since I have been doing this.
The main tailgating will be in the stadium lots (which are impossible to drive through because of all the badly parked cars and all the trashbins with fires burning). I'm staying in my car with a few beers and food. No real tailgating.
If you want to try Buffalo wings after the game, drive East toward Duff's wings in West Seneca just a few miles from the stadium while the traffic is trying to get back onto the highway. I'm sure Duff's will be packed but their wings are great.