The Buffalo Bills and New York Jets will not be playing their scheduled game on Sunday, November 23 at Ralph Wilson stadium in Orchard Park, New York due to record snowfalls. The game will instead be played at Ford Field in Detroit on Monday night.
The relocated game will not be unprecedented, as the Vikings and Giants were forced to relocate a game to Ford Field after a massive snow storm caused the collapse of the Metrodome in Minneapolis in December of 2010.
The Bills, who bested the Lions at home earlier this year, will have access to the Lions’ Allen Park practice facility for practice Friday and Saturday and a walk-through Sunday.
Buffalo has received a record breaking 6 feet of snow since Tuesday and is bracing for more while the city struggles to deal with what is already on the ground. Governor Cuomo commented on Thursday and said that trying to play the game in Buffalo was ‘impractical’.
The University of Buffalo, part of the MAC conference, has also rescheduled their game on Wednesday the 19th, tentatively for 1pm on Friday the 21st, conditions permitting.
Buffalo prides itself as being “The City of Good Neighbors,” and in that spirit as a fellow Rust Belt City, Detroit is happy to be a good neighbor.
“We are pleased to be hosting the Bills and Jets for their game Monday night. While our thoughts are with the people of the Buffalo area during this difficult time, our team at Ford Field will do everything we can to be good hosts to their team this weekend.” – Tom Lewand, Lions President
The Bills v. Jets game is tentatively scheduled for 7pm eastern standard time on Monday November 24 at Ford Field in Detroit. Ticket information will be released shortly, however in 2010 the Vikings vs. Giants game tickets were free. Stay tuned to Daily Detroit for more information as it emerges.
UPDATE: : General public will have opportunity to secure free tickets to game via Flash Seat beginning at 10 AM, Sat.