Massive snowstorm in Buffalo blankets Bills’ Highmark Stadium

The NFL moved Sunday’s game between the Browns and Bills from Buffalo’s Highmark Stadium in Detroit due to a then-imminent lake-effect snowstorm. Now the storm has arrived and we can see why the game has been moved.

Footage flooded Twitter Friday morning showing the Bills’ Highmark Stadium buried in several feet of snow.

As can be seen in the photos above, a significant portion of the 3 to 6 feet of snow expected to hit the Buffalo area between Thursday and Saturday evening has already hit with considerable effect. You would think that knowing the storm would hit Thursday night, coupled with the news that the game had been moved to Detroit, would have led the Bills to flee Buffalo before the storm hit.

Well, we would be wrong.

You see, the bills are still there. They canceled practice on Friday but planned to fly out of Buffalo on Saturday. Why would they wait until the middle of a snowstorm to plan a flight out of town? This is a question that must be answered. However, the game could still not be played if the Bills can’t get out of town.

The Bills wanted to move the game to avoid diverting city emergency services from the community.

“The decision to move the game to Detroit has everything to do with safety,” Bills chief operating officer Ron Raccuia said via the New York Post. “Safety first is what we’ve been talking about here, really, for 48 to 72 hours.”

However, flying the team in the middle of a snowstorm isn’t entirely safe either.

And, of course, the frenetic scramble to weather the winter storm has once again left fans wondering why Buffalo doesn’t have a domed stadium. Of course, that’s a valid question. However, football is a game meant to be played outdoors. In addition, cleaning the pitch and the seats is a job for muscles and machines that can be done relatively easily with stadium staff and volunteers. The game would likely still have been called off, even if the stadium had a dome, due to the travel risks posed to fans when venturing to and from the game.


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