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From 1971 to now: Longtime Bills season ticket holder shares loyalty to team

AVON, N.Y. (WROC) — Bills pride runs deep in Western New York, and for one local Bills fan, he’s attended nearly every home game in Orchard Park for over 50 years. He won’t be missing the next one.

From ‘The Rockpile’ days to Rich Stadium and thereafter, Bob and Sally Hanna have remained loyal to the Buffalo Bills.

“That’s the party in the parking lot on opening day of the stadium when it first opened up,” said Sally and Bob, looking through old photographs.

The Avon natives have been season ticket holders since 1971, with Bob only missing two home games in all those years.

“The team wasn’t there that long when I started going, and there was no other team to go and watch,” he said, “I wouldn’t give my seat up for any seat in the stadium. You just keep going because you love going.”

The couple even had a spontaneous baby shower for their daughter, Crystal, in the middle of a game.

She’s the one who’s since taken over her mother’s ticket and attends game after game with her father.

“They’ve really enjoyed it, and it’s really good for Crystal and Bobby to get together,” said Sally.

“I love it. She’s so happy going. She’s worse than me,” said Bob.

As for this Sunday, with the rivalry of Bills vs. Chiefs, Bob says it’s sure to be a special atmosphere.

“It’s going to be loud up there. I think it’s going to be the most fun it’s ever been,” he said.

Bob sits at the 50-yard-line in the Upper Deck, and calls it ‘the best seat in the house.’

The family plans to continue their tradition for generations to come.

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