Bengals tailgates bring Cincinnati flavor to upstate New York

Hours before kick-off in Orchard Park, New York, Bengals and Bills fans appeared at the tailgate in front of Highmark Stadium. Zachary Daniels was coming to New York from Colerain and his excitement was building by the minute. “It’s amazing,” Daniels said. “I like that I tried to have breakfast this morning and butterflies, eh. How legit, like I was like, oh my god, that’s like, it’s here,” Daniels said. “Getting a chance to get to an away game, that’s that hype, that’s that kind of fan base, that’s that kind of environment, I mean, Cincinnati brought it.” Amidst the pre-game hype was a special moment unity.Gold Star Chili held a tailgate ceremony to bring Bengals and Bills fans together. The ceremony was in honor of the bonds formed by the two fan bases following the collapse and continued recovery of Bills’ safety Damar Hamlin. Gold Star Chili commissioned northern Kentucky artist Shawn Voelker to paint a portrait of Damar Hamlin. The painting served as a gift from the Who Dey Nation to Bill’s Mafia, and the now-forever bonds between the two teams said Gold Star Chili are determined to bring Cincinnati home a win. “We want to keep winning. We want to continue that year after year. That’s the new motto here. They’ve got to play us,” said Bengals fan Harrison Butler, referencing Bengals senior defensive assistant Mark Duffner’s famous rally cry.

Hours before kickoff in Orchard Park, New York, Bengals and Bills fans made their way to the tailgate in front of Highmark Stadium.

Bengals fans turned up just after dawn to stake out their spots and begin providing a contrast of orange and black to the Bills Mafia’s red-and-blue territory.

Zachary Daniels came to New York from Colerain and his excitement grew by the minute.

“It’s amazing,” Daniels said. “I like that I tried to have breakfast this morning and butterflies, eh. How legit, like I was like, oh my god, that’s like, it’s here,” Daniels said. “To get a chance to get to an away game, that’s that hype, that’s that kind of fan base, that’s that kind of environment, I mean, Cincinnati brought it.”

Amidst the pre-game hype, there was a special moment of unity.

Gold Star Chili held a tailgate ceremony to bring Bengals and Bills fans together. The ceremony was in honor of the bonds formed by the two fan bases following the collapse and continued recovery of Bills’ safety Damar Hamlin. Gold Star Chili commissioned northern Kentucky artist Shawn Voelker to paint a portrait of Damar Hamlin.

The painting served as a gift from the Who Dey Nation to Bill’s mafia and the now-forever ties shared by both teams, Gold Star Chili said.

Still, Bengals told WLWT they were determined to bring Cincinnati home a win.

“We want to keep winning. We want to continue that year after year. That’s the new motto here. They’ve got to play us,” said Bengals fan Harrison Butler, referencing Bengals senior defensive assistant Mark Duffner’s famous rally cry.

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