Buffalo Bills at Frontier Field?

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Don't be surprised if the Bills move this year's scrimmage with the Browns to Buffalo's training camp at St. John Fisher College.

And in 2003, that scrimmage could be at Frontier Field, Rochester's stadium for minor league baseball, soccer and lacrosse -- with some 11,000 permanent seats and additional portable sideline seating.

"There have been some conversations, but nothing is official yet," said Scott Berchtold, the Bills' vice president/communications. He could neither confirm nor deny that Buffalo and Cleveland would scrimmage again, as they did in 2001 at Edinboro, Pa., or that such a scrimmage would take place near the Bills' training site.

The Bills made informal overtures toward the Rochester Red Wings, the stadium's primary tenant, about holding this year's scrimmage there during the weekend of Aug. 2-4. A source with the Red Wings said that wouldn't happen "this year." The source would not rule out hosting a scrimmage during another season.

Holding a scrimmage before such a potentially large crowd, at least three times as many as could fit at St. John Fisher's Growney Stadium, would be a coup for the Bills' marketing department.

However, from a football standpoint, there would be two drawbacks. 1. The college stadium has artificial turf, similar to Ralph Wilson Stadium; Frontier Field has a grass surface. 2. Even to make the short drive from the Pittsford campus into downtown Rochester would create logistical problems similar to taking the team three hours southwest to Edinboro.

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