TRAFFIC: What To Look For In Anticipation Of Bills Game Monday

ORCHARD PARK – Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard is reminding fans of the Fan Code of Conduct, game day traffic patterns and to stop for any school buses with their red flashing light operating in anticipation for the Bills hosting the New England Patriots at New Era Field for Monday Night Football.
The game day traffic pattern for roads around New Era Field are the same as Sunday afternoon games.
3:15 P.M. – Abbott Road closes to vehicle traffic between the entrance to Lot 4 (north end of the closure) and Lot 2 (south end of the closure). All through traffic will be diverted at that time. Drivers can access private lots along Abbott Road from the south.
4:15 P.M. – New Era Field parking lots open Deputies will be focusing on eliminating excessive consumption of alcohol and checking for glass bottles. In addition, fans and tailgaters are reminded that the Fan Code of Conduct, which promotes responsible tailgating, extends to the parking lots. Any games or activities that impeded traffic flow will not be permitted. Table Slamming is not permitted and violators will be ejected and could face criminal charges.
6:45 P.M. – New Era Field gates open and the new ticket policy is in place. Please visit for stadium guide, permitted items, and clear bag policy.
At the conclusion of the game, Route 20a (a.k.a. Big Tree Road) will be closed to westbound traffic from the Route 219 overpass. All vehicles leaving the stadium and private lots along Route. 20A must travel east. The Sheriff’s Office will reopen the portion of Big Tree Road between Fieldhouse Drive and Abbott Road once Lot 1 empties to elevate traffic at Abbott and Big Tree Road.
The Fan Code of Conduct will be enforced in New Era Field parking lots, at the gates, and within the stadium’s perimeter. Individuals violating the Fan Code of Conduct face ejection and possible arrest. For a guide to the Fan Code of Conduct, please visit (page 15).
The Sheriff’s Office recommends people leave early for the stadium due to construction along major routes leading to the stadium, as well as rush hour traffic congestion. Furthermore, peak school bus traffic will coincide with the parking lots opening, therefore, drivers are urged to exercise caution and demonstrate patience. It is illegal to pass a stopped school bus with its red flashing lights operating.