Preparing St. John Fisher College for Bills training camp begins before the previous year’s camp concludes.
“The ground work starts getting laid as we starts leaving last year’s training camp as it’s still fresh in our mind,” said director of training camp operations, Dr. Todd Harrison. “It’s a 12 month thing that really starts ramping up March 1st.”
When fans arrive at Fisher for the first Bills camp session on Saturday, July 30th, they’ll immediately notice the new souvenir stand at the front entrance.
“The merchandise tent is probably the biggest thing I get asked about,” said Harrison. “Still one story, but it’s a much more permanent-looking structure and with more space for merchandise.”
Another new touch are the permanent bathrooms under the bleachers at Growney Stadium. It’s all part of a training camp setting that is compact and efficient for both fans and players.
“Our campus is pretty small and everything is a pretty small footprint,” said Harrison. “Coach Ryan said that on his first trip that the weightroom to the locker room to the dining hall to the dorms is only a few hundred steps, so that proximity and that sort of intimacy of campus really lends itself well to the fan operation and also just the football operation.”