Posted at: 11/28/2012 6:03 PM
By: Ray Levato
The Buffalo Bills said Sunday's game against Jacksonville will be blacked out. There are still 15,000 tickets available.
This is the first home game since the death of a fan who was ejected for disorderly conduct at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 16. David Gerken Jr. of Palmyra, was found face down in a creek near the stadium at 7:00am the next morning. Investigators ruled his death an accidental drowning.
News10NBC wanted to know what the rules are exactly for fans at Ralph Wilson.
Gerken was ejected at halftime. The Bills have not said if he was intoxicated or what he did to get thrown out. He was one of 94 fans kicked out of the stadium that night.
According to the Bills website, intoxication, fighting, foul language, obscene gestures, smoking or indecent exposure will get you kicked out of the stadium.. The website "bleacherreport.com" ranks Bills' fans the 5th rowdiest in the NFL.
Put 70,000 fans together, many of whom started the day tailgating in the parking lot , and Bills' security has their hands full.
George Caswell said, “ The rules of conduct? Everybody's there to have a good time, and unfortunately bad things happen occasionally.”
News10NBC asked Bills' fans at the Distillery how bad can it get.
Caswell said, “Oh, everybody has seen bad things at a Bills game. It's just trying to limit when you should and shouldn't have the next drink. And unfortunately, people have to take responsibility for their actions, whether their actions are good or not.”
Friend Steve Laprade says he's had friends thrown out of bills' games.
Laprade said, “They did not believe they were fairly dealt with by the stadium security. They thought they were overall aggressive about removing them, and they denied being drunk at all.”
Don Camp said, “Usually when you go to a game, you do usually see quite often people being ejected from the game.”
Don Camp says he usually sits in the family section.
Camp said, “But it's usually because of the alcohol probably. And people get rowdy. They are trying to make it a family atmosphere, but for some reason, the Buffalo people are known to be a rowdy crowd.”
The Bills' say fan arrests and ejections are routine aspects of their game day security.
Bills GM Russ Brandon said, “While we do our best to control rowdy behavior, we are compelled to turn away some fans at the gate, eject some fans from the stadium for various offenses, and in extreme situations, arrest fans for criminal conduct."
On WGR Radio 550 today, Bills' General Manager Russ Brandon said, “Over the last decade we have implemented an enormous number of programs, and an enormous amount of resources toward making the fan experience better at Ralph Wilson Stadium."
The Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial is not Ralph Wilson Stadium but.
Jeff Calkins, Blue Cross Arena General Manager, said, “We take the same precautions that any venue would take. If we have a customer who is causing problems, we address it in a way that we can sort of help the outcome instead of just exiting the person from the building.”
David Gerken Jr, the fan who died, called his brother to tell him that he had been kicked out of the stadium and planned to meet him at a bar when the game was over. Orchard Park Police are still waiting for the toxicology report.
Several years ago, the Bills allowed fans to "text" reports of rowdy fans right to stadium security.