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A Bills road trip to London… and much more!

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When the NFL announced that the Buffalo Bills would be participating in the league’s International Series in London in 2015, our first reaction was, “let’s go”.

After all, our Ultimate Sports Road Trip odyssey has taken us to Europe on three previous occasions.

Artvoice writers Andrew and Peter join up with our gracious British host and Buffalo super fan Chris Boyes at Molineux Stadium in 2010.

Artvoice writers Andrew and Peter join up with our gracious British host and Buffalo super fan Chris Boyes at Molineux Stadium in 2010.

In 2010 we traveled to the United Kingdom to do our first NFL game at Wembley Stadium, and to see our favorite British soccer football team, the Wolverhampton Wanderers, give a beatdown to the powerhouse Manchester City team in their home stadium, Molineux. It was our first ever taste of big league Euro soccer and it was epic.

In 2011, we traveled with the Buffalo Sabres as they opened their season in Berlin and Helsinki, with a preseason stop in Mannheim, Germany. With stops in the Bundesliga to catch matches in Dortmund and Hannover, another great trip full of adventures and memories.

Two years later, the USRT flew in to Munich, watched Bayern Muenchen at Allianz Arena, a side trip to Basel and Bern, Switzerland, up to Dortmund, Germany, and then the Eurostar through the Chunnel and over to Manchester. Sporting events all along the way.

So here we are, and it seems like #BillsNation and #BillsMafia will be well represented in London in just two weeks. But because we roll in a different way, we have added four soccer matches – two in the English Premier League and two in the second tier Championship League, as well as a match in the British Hockey League featuring the Sheffield Steelers. Add a quick flight over to Dublin, Ireland, for a couple days to soak in the culture, the architecture and the ethnic heritage, and this has the makings of a great trip.

Joining us for a large portion of the trip will be Nate Neuman, well known around the city as a political activist and urban activist, taking time off from his job in the city’s Office of Strategic Planning. Nate’s friend Jen Levanduski will be flying in from San Francisco to join us for the Bills game at Wembley. And of course our long time friend Chris Boyes from Wakefield, England, who bleeds Bills red white and blue from his home 4000 miles away will be accompanying us as well, and was of great help with tickets and logistics for planning this trip.

usrt3 We plan to soak it all in as the countdown to the game on Sunday begins, and hopefully will file reports here on Artvoice Daily as to some of the sights and scenes from the streets of London and the fans who made the trip.

Departure is set for this Thursday, and game one of the six game odyssey begins Saturday at The Etihad in Manchester. As for the Buffalo Sabres and Puck Stop, we will be sidelined for a bit, but plan to keep the seat warm and coverage intact even from the road.

Cheers from across the Pond, and follow along as we will provide updates on Twitter.

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