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Buffalo Wing Festival moving from home of Bisons to home of Bills

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The National Buffalo Wing Festival is set to return after a one-year absence during the coronavirus pandemic. 2021 marks the festival's 20th anniversary, and will see it move from Buffalo's Sahlen Field to Orchard Park's Highmark Stadium.

The National Buffalo Wing Festival is moving from it's long-time home at downtown Buffalo's Sahlen Field to Orchard Park's Highmark Stadium.

The festival was cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year, it takes place Labor Day Weekend, September 4 and 5, and the return marks its 20th anniversary.

Avery Schneider
National Buffalo Wing Festival Founder Drew Cerza

Festival Founder Drew Cerza said he and his team are "excited to take the Wingfest to the next level" at the home of the Buffalo Bills.

“Our sincere thanks go to the Buffalo Bisons organization for helping to make the Wingfest a national sensation for the chicken wing industry,” Cerza said.

The Bison's home field is currently being used to host Major League Baseball games for the Toronto Blue Jays. Team's current schedule has them matched up against the Oakland Athletics in Buffalo the same weekend as the festival.

Over the last 18 years, the Wing Festival drew more than 865,000 visitors and served more than 4.8 million wings. In 2019, more than 60,000 people attended. But this year's event will be limited to 50% capacity with pre-ticketed, timed sessions. Only 25,000 tickets will be sold in total for three Saturday sessions and two on Sunday, and they will only be sold online ahead of time.

Tickets go on sale Friday, July 9 at 10 a.m. at buffalowing.com.

Avery began his broadcasting career as a disc jockey for WRUB, the University at Buffalo’s student-run radio station.
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