Last year, with the 50th season celebration of the Bills and the AFL, the Bills threw a large season ticket holder draft party at the Ralph complete with locker room tours and appearances and performances by the Buffalo Jills. Attendance was much greater than expected with several thousand on hand. This year, with the switch of the draft from the traditional weekend event to a primetime event, the Bills found a way to still give some of their season ticket holders reason to make the trek to the Ralph with draft parties each day of the draft. They held one Thursday night for premium seat holders and while the response from that was mixed being on a Thursday, the parties on Friday night and Saturday for all season ticket holders drew a few thousand combined. This year's parties were held in the Fieldhouse and, like last year, included locker room tours and appearances and performances by the Buffalo Jills. The only negative was the bright screen behind the Jills as they performed. Word of advice to places staging a performance in the future...the light should be in front of the performers, not behind.
Check out the photos from Friday night at http://s15.photobucket.com/albums/a375/buffalojills2005/2010/Draft%201/ and Saturday at http://s15.photobucket.com/albums/a375/buffalojills2005/2010/Draft%202/
Coming up next for the Jills are a series of smaller appearances including an appearance at Coca-Cola Field in downtown Buffalo for the annual MS Walk and one at Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY. Both appearances take place Saturday, May 1.
After that, the Jills go to Jamaica the week of May 24-29 to shoot their 2010-2011 Buffalo Jills Calendar and if the test shots I saw of some of the girls are any indication, they'll need to include fire extinguishers with the calendars because the shots are that hot. You can see some of the shoot by going along on the trip, too. Get more info at http://buffalojills.net/Article.asp?id=1585512&spid=34534
Finally, the next big Jills event is the Open Practice on June 1 at the Fieldhouse from 7-9pm. Young cheerleaders and dancers get to learn from the pros in an event that's open to the public. The Jills will show the youngsters a routine to perform right there. Cost is $5 per participants and $3 for spectators. Get all the info at http://buffalojills.net/Article.asp?id=1761903&spid=34534