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Most Western New Yorkers are passionate about where they come from. That spirit and sense of place is evident in the loyal, dedicated fanbase of Buffalo's sports teams – the NFL's Bills , NHL's Sabres , NLL's Bandits, Beauts women's pro hockey, the Queen City Roller Girls and AAA baseball Bisons . Whether it's an all-day tailgating and football bonanza at New Era Field, cheering for the coolest team on ice or a sunny afternoon at Sahlen Field , Buffalonians go big or go home; they love to make the most out of life.

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uffalo Bills football home weekends are cause for serious celebration and near religious observance in this lakeside home of the National Football League. Hardcore tailgaters arrive in their RVs , pick-ups and campers at New Era Field on Friday afternoon. Hopeful fans fill the stadium with their blankets in tow. And, for three hours each Sunday, all hopes are pinned on this year being the one.

Attending a Bills game isn't just about winning and losing, though. It's truly about the camaraderie and the love of the sport. To see what's in store for you, take a look at our Buffalo For Real TV webisode on tailgating at New Era Field !

Here's an insider's guide to football weekends in Buffalo.

On the night before a game, pigskin fans flock to The Anchor Bar , the legendary birthplace of Buffalo wings. Located in downtown Buffalo, the Anchor Bar has been featured on the Travel Channel, Food Network, The New York Times, and CBS Sunday Morning News. The mere presence of wings, however, is enough to please the lords of game-day luck, so you might also try Gabriel's Gate , Duff's Famous Wings or The Bar Bill Tavern to see which ones are your favorites.

If you want to chase your wings with a bit of nightlife , downtown Buffalo's Chippewa Street entertainment district is the place to be. With more than 20 bars and restaurants and a raucous scene that lasts until 4 a.m., you'll want to pace yourself to make sure you're fresh and ready for the big game!

You'll know Sunday has arrived by the electricity in the air throughout the Queen City. Even before the sun comes up, the town is preparing for kickoff, stocking up on some local beers, Sahlen's foot longs and other tailgating supplies. Then it's time to make your way out to New Era Field, located 25 minutes from downtown Buffalo in Orchard Park, where you'll be greeted by an endless sea of blue!

If you're not up for tailgating, Danny's South and The Big Tree Inn are located next to the stadium and provide a warm place for fans to stoke their competitive fires. On game days, Danny's serves a special brunch at 10 a.m. Or head straight to the stadium for the “Gameday Experience” at the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse. There you'll find a huge celebration of football featuring interactive games and the official pre-game radio show. The event opens at 9:30 a.m. on game days and is free.

Your Bills game experience wouldn't be complete without a post-game stop at Ilio Di Paolo's Restaurant & Ringside Lounge . Home to generations of hungry Bills fans, as well as the players themselves, this family-run restaurant adds a gourmet touch to its authentic Italian menu. Go Bills!

Buffalo Sabres

Take a city with no shortage of ice, put it right next door to Canada and you'll find a perfect storm of hockey fanaticism. And that feeling goes both ways—ESPN The Magazine ranked the Buffalo Sabres No. 1 in their Big 4 professional sports franchises “Ultimate Standings” poll for “giving fans the most back for the emotion, money and time they invest in their teams.” Put it all together and you've got one of the best overall fan experiences in professional sports!

Here's how to make the most of your game-day experience.

If you're from out of town, the first thing you'll need is a place to stay. Situated in downtown Buffalo, the 18,500-seat KeyBank Center is easily accessible from the New York State Thruway and by the Metro Rail line. So staying downtown will make attending a game a hassle-free affair. To put some posh in your pucks, make reservations at The Mansion on Delaware Avenue , Buffalo Niagara's only AAA rated Four Diamond hotel. For ultimate convenience, just one block away is the Courtyard by Marriott Canalside and a full-service Marriott on top of the HarborCenter complex. Other nearby accommodations include the Hilton Garden Inn , and the Hotel @ The Lafayette .

Before or after the game, fans have been known to flock to the Pearl Street Grill & Brewery . A block away from the Center is the Cobblestone District, a mix of late 19th and early 20th century brick buildings and cobblestone streets. Just across the street is (716) Food & Sport , a two-story mecca for sports fans featuring a 38-foot television screen and over 70 other flat-screens scattered throughout the The Cobblestone Bar , Swannie House and Pizza Plant are the other closest nearby watering holes.

Or you could fuel your engines during the game at the concessions inside the Center and get some sightseeing in first. Canalside and the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park are both right next to the KeyBank Center. A shoreline walking path will take you from there to the Erie Basin Marina Gardens and an 80-foot observation tower from which you can see panoramic views of downtown Buffalo, Lake Erie, the Niagara River and the Canadian shore.

With the best fan experience in all of hockey, no place (not even you, Detroit!) can match the thrill of seeing the Sabres when they're in town!

North America's oldest sport – dating back more than 600 years – has gained a popular following in Buffalo. The Buffalo Bandits are a National Lacrosse League team that plays in downtown Buffalo's First Niagara Center. The Bandits have won four NLL championships since they were formed in 1992 and bring a fierce competitive spirit to every game.

The thrill of a professional sporting event, family fun, a night out downtown and all at an affordable price: Seeing a Buffalo Bandits game is a great way to spend a winter or spring night in Buffalo.

Buffalo Bisons

With a four-tiered party deck, luxurious suites, an in-stadium restaurant and the largest HD video board in minor league baseball, the Buffalo Bisons and Coca-Cola Field elevate Triple-A baseball to major league proportions! Put that together with perfect game-day temperatures all summer long and you've got one of the best experiences in baseball. Period.

An affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, the Buffalo Bisons are guaranteed to put on a fun and quirky show, win or lose. Catch the fireworks on a Friday night. Root for your favorite when a chicken wing, celery stalk and tub of bleu cheese hit the field and race to the finish. Visit the concessions to buy a brewski from Conehead. Or get dressed up for one of the stadium's theme nights. See you at the game!

 



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