BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) – The Erie County Sheriff Office is reminding fans to drink plenty of water during the Bills v. Broncos game Sunday.
Temperatures are expected to be near record highs and should be approaching 90 degrees around the 1 p.m. kickoff. That has the team and AMR Ambulance taking extra steps to be sure everyone stays safe in the heat.
“When you have this kind of forecast, we really want to make sure we’re doing everything we can for the fans, for the staff, for the players, coaches, everybody on the field and make sure they’re hydrated and drinking a lot of water,” Bills VP of Operations and Guest Experience said Friday.
The Bills will lower the price of bottles of water from $5 to $3 and will have a misting, cool down station near the team store on Abbott Road.
AMR Ambulance plans to have an additional two ambulances at New Era Field to treat fans affected by the heat.
“We decided that we would ramp up in preparation and we would rather be over prepared than under prepared,” explained Thomas Maxian, AMR WNY’s reigional director. “We expect to treat several people for some heat exhaustion and overheating. Hopefully none for heat stroke.”
Maxian said AMR typically treats around 10-15 people on a Bills gameday. AMR is expecting and prepared to treat about four times that many people on Sunday.
One major concern for AMR is fans drinking beer. Alcohol speeds up dehydration, which can be a big problem for fans sitting in the sun all day long, according to Maxian.