A crowd of about 40,000 is expected Sunday for the Buffalo Bills’ game against the Atlanta Falcons in Toronto’s Rogers Centre.
The Bills announced the game will be shown on local television.
Capacity in the domed stadium for NFL games is about 45,300. Last year’s announced crowd for the Bills game against Seattle was 40,770. Officials of Rogers Media Inc., the Bills’ partner for the game, told the Toronto Star earlier this week about 82 percent of the tickets had been sold, about the same as last year in the week leading up to the game.
There still were 5,325 tickets left on the Bills in Toronto website as of 5 p.m. Wednesday. Rogers Media said last year it had stopped giving away complimentary tickets in order to pad the attendance figure.
The Bills will host an NFL Youth Football Festival at the Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto over the weekend. Bills greats Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas will appear from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday. A pregame party will be held from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the corner of Front and John streets. The Beach Boys will perform at halftime.
Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez, who has 58 catches, was limited in practice Wednesday due to a sore toe that has bothered him the past several weeks. Gonzalez was listed as questionable for the past two games but still played in both.
Two other Falcons starters were limited. They were cornerback Desmond Trufant (thigh) and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (shoulder).
The Bills are at full strength.
Bills coach Doug Marrone offered a quizzical look when asked what he thought of mayor Rob Ford.
“The mayor of Atlanta?” Marrone asked.
No, the coach was told. He’s the mayor of Toronto, and he’s embroiled in controversy.
“I have no idea who he is,” Marrone said.
Told Ford had admitted to smoking crack cocaine, Marrone said: “Really? Well I hope that he can find a way to better himself.”
What did an extra day of practice this week do for the Bills?
“We get a little extra work in our base, in our normal down, so we did a little bit of that,” said Marrone. “What we may do on Friday is get a little bit more extra work in the red zone, which we worked today. Base and third down, we got a little bit more extra work.”