They average more than 80 inches a year and often top 100 inches of snow.
But what happened during the second week of November 2014 was something that many are calling an unprecendent lake effect snowfall event.
And it buried Buffalo Bills’ Ralph Wilson Stadium in approximately four feet of snow.
What, they can’t clear that stadium? Don’t they do that every season?
An executive from the Buffalo Bills offered USA Today some perspective:
“We have not had this much snow, as far as we know, in the history of our team,” said Andy Major, the Bills’ vice president of operations and guest experience.
“We’ve faced some of this in the past, games with snow, and usually with a foot, you can clear the whole place in a three-day period. This is four times more snow than we’ve ever seen at our stadium.”
So instead of playing the Buffalo Bills – New York Jets game in Buffalo on Sunday November 23 as originally scheduled, the NFL moved the game to Ford Field in Detroit the night of Monday evening November 24, 2014.
The NFL is refunding ticket money for those fans who had tickets but cannot make it. And it’s giving away free General Admission seats to the game in Detroit! That’s right, you can see an NFL game for free instead of spending hundreds of dollars. So some fans will come out winners in this whole thing, thanks to the weather.
Has weather caused a situation like this before? Yes, indeed. Here’s what espn.com says:
“This isn’t the first time Ford Field has hosted a displaced NFL game and is not the first time tickets have been free, either. When the collapsing Metrodome roof moved the New York Giants-Minnesota Vikings game in December 2010 from Minneapolis to Detroit, tickets were also free and general admission.”