The Buffalo Bills have set a record for the most season tickets sold in their 55-year history after hiring Rex Ryan as head coach and re-affirming ties to their upstate New York home with a new owner.
The Bills said more than 57,500 season tickets have been purchased, breaking the previous record of 57,132 set in 1992, the year after the second of their four straight Super Bowl trips. A total of about 60,000 season tickets are available and the team said it would create a waiting list if those sell out.
Terry Pegula said he would keep the Bills in New York’s second most-populous city after buying the team last year for $1.4 billion. The Bills, coming off their first winning season in 10 years, in January hired Ryan after he was fired by the division-rival New York Jets.
“We have been humbled by the fans and their outpouring of emotion when they learned this team would remain in Buffalo,” Pegula said in a statement.
The Bills haven’t made the National Football League playoffs since 1999.