TORONTO, Feb. 1 /CNW/ - The Buffalo Bills will play a series of eight
games over a five-year period at the Rogers Centre in Toronto beginning in
2008, Bills owner Ralph Wilson announced today in conjunction with Ted and
Edward Rogers and Larry Tanenbaum.
The series concept recently received the endorsement of several key
National Football League committees and was then approved unanimously by the
NFL owners. The series includes a regular season game each year (2008-2012)
and preseason games in 2008, 2010 and 2012.
The game schedule and opponents will be determined by the NFL.
"We are very pleased to be the first franchise in NFL history to split
our schedule between our domestic home city of Buffalo, New York and our
neighboring international city, Toronto, Ontario," Wilson commented. "The
population growth in Toronto, the passion the Canadian fans have shown for the
Buffalo Bills and the vision of Ted Rogers and Larry Tanenbaum have made this
Phil Lind, Vice Chairman of Rogers Communications Inc. added, "This is
like a dream come true. Playing a season's worth of games in the Rogers Centre
will make for incredibly exciting football. Canadians love NFL football and
this series will let Canadians see the games live in Toronto."
The Bills have set the standard around the league for the regionalization
of their franchise, dating back to the relocation of training camp to
Rochester, New York and continuing through today's announcement.
A press conference announcing further details will be held next week with
the date, time and location to be released in the near future.
Ticketing information pertaining to the series will be forthcoming at a
For further information:
For further information: Jan Innes, Vice President, Communications,