Bills EVP/COO Ron Raccuia and Bills GM Brandon Beane held a Thursday evening press conference via Zoom to discuss the venue change and ticket information for Sunday’s game, among other important topics. Here is a condensed version of what Rakuya and Bean said.
Q: How was the decision made to move the game to Detroit?
Aggregation: “The decision to move the game to Detroit is all about safety. What we have been talking about here for the last 48 to 72 hours is security. I want to thank County Executive Bolancarz, Governor Hochul, all of our elected officials, of course (NFL) Commissioner (Rodger) Goodell and the entire league staff and the Lions organization for their dedication and communication and helping us move the game forward. As I’ve said before, our only concern is the safety of our players, fans, community and making sure we don’t divert any resources the community needs this weekend.”
Q: Are tickets refundable?
Accumulation: “We send out an email to all existing ticket holders literally five or 10 minutes in advance. They all get refunded.”
Q: Are tickets for games played in Detroit transferable?
Aggregation: “No exchange option. These are actually two separate transactions. Each person’s tickets are automatically credited based on how they were purchased. So if they buy the bills online, that way, Ticketmaster, that way, it’s directly credited to the season ticket member’s season ticket account. And from tomorrow the new sale will be completely separate. “
Q: What are the group travel plans?
Bean: We will try to keep a regular travel schedule. Obviously, we’re going to keep an eye on the weather, but right now, we’re setting up the flight to leave sometime Saturday afternoon. We’ll have to wait until we hear when the airline will get it here. But we will try to keep it as close to our regular routine as possible. So right now, as long as the weather is what we expect for Sunday, we’ll go back after the game. You know the game is at 1 o’clock, so we can do our usual routine and go there on Wednesday.
Q: Any disappointment about not having a home game?
Bean: Well, I guess you’ll bring all the Philsmafia with you. In all seriousness, we hope it’s still a home field advantage. Fortunately this is not the case across the country. We know the Philsmafia is all over, and the ones in the Michigan area are definitely going down. Hopefully people who want to get off the snow will drive there.