The Buffalo Bills parking lot at Ralph Wilson Stadium is the only NFL facility to offer overnight parking at their stadium lot. A Saturday morning entry and $50.00 will get you a parking spot through Monday morning. If you arrive early enough you should get a spot- 2 a.m. Saturday before the game should do it!
While other NFL stadiums offer game-day RV parking, Ralph Wilson Stadium provides the opportunity to stay in the lot through Monday morning.
We have parked our rig at the Buffalo Bills RV Parking lot in years past and were hoping to do the same this season. Our mistake was trying on Opening Day with Bills fans optimistic about their teams’ chances for the first time in years.
The stadium offers an RV lot that opens Saturday before Game Day at 8:00 a.m. Our last visit we arrived in the parking lot – that holds approximately 100 RVs – mid-morning on Saturday. Not this year!
I wanted to share our experience here so you can get into the parking lot for your weekend fun and – should you choose – attendance at the game. But game attendance is not required!
RVs of all types line up early – EARLY – to get spaces in the lot. At least the weekend of September 13,2015. The RVers I spoke with lined up at 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning to get a spot. And keep in mind they waited single file on a 4 lane road to get the privilege.
Wanna-be tailgaters lined up on Southwestern Blvd, turning right onto Abbott Road, Orchard Park to enter the lot.
Once an RV is parked, towed cars are not supposed to remain on the lot – according to the posted rules – and based on our past experience. This year cars were allowed in the RV parking area. Not sure why as this does not permit full use of the parking area – and contradicted the posted rules.
In the past you were escorted to your site by parking attendants who ensured max utilization of the area – that did not happen this year either. Their were many empty spaces adjacent to RVers who did get access. If only they had used every space – our 15 RV gap between entry and shut out would have been eliminated!
We missed entry by approximately 15 RVers who all were shut out of the lot – and this was after waiting on the road for 2 hours. After we left we saw many RV heading towards the lot, soon to ve turned away.
In the past, towed vehicles parked in an adjacent lot to allow access to the vehicles. Vehicles towing trailers were allowed to stay in the lot but had to keep the trailer attached.
The stadium also offers a bath house for RVers to use during their stay – as the parking lot is just that. A parking lot offering only a parking space. No water, electric or sewer so you are dry camping for the weekend.
Once you get in the lot expect to stay through at least Sunday evening. Attendants inform you to expect to stay until Monday morning. An earlier exit is possible if those around you leave earlier.
The atmosphere is typically nice with people ready to enjoy a tailgate with their RVs. For the most part, people are friendly and, of course, most are Bills fans. Many people attend the game – but a good number stay in the parking lot at game time & enjoy their stay.
This year an unfortunate accident occurred which you can read about here. Hopefully that won’t encourage the Bills ownership or management to shut down the lot as parking here is fun and a great game-day atmosphere.
Hopefully next game we can get into the lot with better pre-planning and a 2 a.m. wait in line. Frankly the 2 a.m. cue on the surrounding streets creates an unsafe situation that can easily be improved. Also frustrating was getting shut out while there was plenty of room for additional RVs. A simple solution would have been for attendants to escort vehicles and maximize space. An email to the stadium re these issues was met with silence.
A backup: park at one of the private parking lots – one is directly across the street from the stadium lot and another at Danny’s restaurant south of the stadium. Or ditch tailgating and stay at a campground. We stay at Colden Springs campground, one of the few options about 20 minutes south. If you drive a motorhome to the stadium suggest you drive your tow vehicle separately so you can back up your coach if needed (we did!) Also get to the lot prior to the 8am opening and line up as shown on the blog map, headed north on Southwestern Blvd. good luck!
A follow up: for the second Bills game (against the Patriots) the RV lot looked much more organized. RVs closer together, tow vehicles parked elsewhere. We only saw this on TV, not in person, but what we saw looked much better than the previous week.
An update – Bills season ticket holders get first shot at reserving RV sites – so if you have season tickets – or know someone who does, that may be your best bet. After all reserved spots are filled, the general public may enter the lot. Good Luck!
The Bills beat the Colts 27-14. Lots of happy campers in the lot!