Bills fans come to the Ralph to drink beer and circle wagons.
And they always run out of wagons.
With this in mind, it comes as no surprise that one author has labeled the Buffalo Bills fanbase as the hardest-drinking crew in the league.
In his book, Ultimate Football Road Trip, MacDonald writes about spending the 2013 football season on the road. He visited every stadium in the NFL, rating each for its facilities, fans and general ballpark ambiance.
One of his takeaways: Some Bills fans get too drunk and become potentially dangerous.
In his book, MacDonald recounts watching the crowd at Ralph Wilson Stadium melt into an inebriated mess over the course of the Bills' October 13, 2013, matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals:
What I remember most of all here is the wild atmosphere, one of the craziest I saw during my travels, with much of it due to excessive alcohol consumption. Bills fans are the drunkest I witnessed on my trip. That is true before, during and after the game. ... Inside the stadium seemed like a free-for-all at times. ... I believe that most [NFL fans] are capable of controlling their alcohol intake, but here [at Ralph Wilson Stadium], the majority is simply trying to get as drunk as possible.
The author goes on to say that Bills fans spilled prodigious amounts beer and were quick to turn violent after a long day of dedicated drinking. All of this, it should be noted, is coming from MacDonald, a seasoned drinker and self-identified Bills fan.
MacDonald hinges his claim on several deeply stupid and shocking moments when alcohol supposedly left an ugly mark on the franchise. The most well-known incident he references involves a man who fell from the stadium's 300 level in 2013 while trying to slide down a railing. You can view video of the incident here, but note that it contains material some viewers might find disturbing.
The man and another fan were sent to the hospital. Both were treated for their injuries, per Andy Clayton of the New York Daily News.
Through all the boozed-up antics and inebriated stupidity, MacDonald still ranked the Ralph as the 20th-best overall stadium experience in the league—high praise considering the better-than-even chances that you'll be spilled on or fallen upon at any moment.
So congratulations, Buffalo! I guess.
Now, you'll just have to focus on retaining this title for future seasons, which means making the shift to Labatt Blue.
I hear it spills down smooth.
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