The Norseman's Guide to Buffalo?
Not a bad idea actually ...
... Ralph Wilson Stadium (known to Bills fans as "The Ralph") is located in the suburban town of Orchard Park, about 10/15 miles south and east of Downtown Buffalo.
It's an open stadium, so bring your outdoor gear.
Because of its location relatively near Lake Erie, it's likely to be windy, and later in the season, cold and windy.
Late season football games and playoffs games (haven't had one of those in a long
time!) have been known to be played in snowy conditions with fans serenading hapless warm weather rivals like Miami with choruses of "Let It Snow"!
Not to worry, though, for this game the temps should be in the upper 50s-60s, with some wind but not the gusts like last week.
Where to stay ... there are three big motel/hotel areas: downtown Buffalo, Northtowns (Amherst), and the airport (Cheektowaga).
There are some motels in the Southtowns (Hamburg) that are close to the stadium but these are relatively few in number.
In all three areas, the stadium is an easy commute on one of the expressways.
Take I-290 East
and then I-90 West
from the Northtowns or hop on I-90 West
from the Airport.
If you stay in Downtown, take the I-190 South
to I-90 West
Downtown Buffalo is famous for its entertainment/nightclub area on Chippewa Street which attracts the 20s-30s crowd.
Someday there will be a casino in Downtown but the Seneca Indians and the "city fathers" are still "at war" over this, so if you want to do casino gambling without crossing the border into a foreign country, you have to drive up to Niagara Falls.
If you haven't seen this truly world class wonder, you should really take a peek before you run off to bet your bucks at the slots.
The Northtowns and the airport have the typical suburban lures of shopping malls, cineplexes, etc.
Buffalo and WNY is famous for good food at reasonable prices, although like most of the rest of the country, it's being overrun by national chains.
There are a number of excellent local independent restaurants and local chains that excellent, though.
site for those actually coming to B-lo for the game (or any other time) with restaurant reviews:
It contains locations, phone #s, and reviews.
For visitors coming for the game, I'd recommend The Original Pancake House at 3019 Union Road, Orchard Park (there's also one on Main Street in Williamsville for those staying in the Northtowns).
Good wings and good pizza are the norm in WNY, so skip Pizza Hut and try one of the local places.
For submarine sandwiches, skip Subway and go for John and Mary's (a local chain with locations around the area) or Nino's (Southtowns).
If you're very adventuresome and you have some time on Saturday, you can also drive south of the Southtowns to Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties where you can view our beautiful scenary, visit our unique Old Order Amish communities, or tour world famous Chautauqua Institution.
It's too early yet for "leaf peeping" although some of the trees are changing already.
Another good day tour is to drive down Route 5 along the Lake Erie shore from Downtown Buffalo to the historic and beautiful village of Westfield.
You can also stop in at one (or more) of the local wineries for some wine-tasting.
Welcome to WNY ...
I'm putting out the welcome mat because I'm sure the Bills won't be so obliging come Sunday!