ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Thirty-nine people were arrested and another 375 fans were ejected from Rich Stadium in Orchard Park Monday night during the Buffalo Bills-New York Jets football game, authorities said Tuesday.
Bills officials said 79,933 fans -- the largest crowd ever to watch a Bills game in Buffalo -- witnessed Buffalo's 34-10 loss to the Jets.
Buffalo Police Lt. Stephen Qualey, who doubles as assistant chief of security for the Bills, said the 39 arrests was one of the highest totals ever recorded in the stadium's 10-year history. He said the estimated 375 people that were ejected was 'definitely a record.'
Authorities said that 'at any given moment, there were fights going in four or five locations around the stadium.' The stadium was patroled by 137 off-duty Buffalo police officers and more than 100 security guards.
Most of the arrests were for disorderly conduct, with another three persons charged with assault. Orchard Park police said a group of persons, many of whom were intoxicated, remained outside the stadium until 7 a.m. Tuesday.
'We've gotten some calls from people saying, 'I lost my buddy. Can you help me find him?,'' said Officer Joseph Wales.