“Bills Mafia House” next to New Era Field is available on Airbnb
ORCHARD PARK, NY (WIVB) – Out-of-town Bills fans can “land” at a cabin right next to New Era Field.
The “Bills Mafia House” – a two-bedroom house on Fay Street, is available for rent through Airbnb.
(Airbnb is an accommodation reservation service that allows landlords to rent their accommodation to travelers through a website or app).
The house is adorned with Bills colors inside and out. The back wall, which faces the stadium, is covered in Bills murals.
Owner Shane Prouty has owned the home for years and decided to list it on Airbnb after he and his wife took over another property.
“We had to find a way to keep this property,” Prouty said.
Prouty, a longtime Bills fan, took some of his considerable collection of memorabilia to decorate the cottage.
Like a miniature Bills museum, the house is filled with helmets, old stadium decorations and posters. Many items are signed, including by greats like Andre Reed and Jim Kelly, and the entire 2012 roster.
Prouty collected signatures over the years “by waiting in line, showing up to events.”
“I continue to develop the collection – I still have a lot to display,” he added.
All of the items are secured to their displays, and Prouty says he’s had no problem with guests trying to grab anything.
“Everyone was very respectful with that,” Prouty said. “With Airbnb, they offer landlord insurance and you can impose ground rules on renters.”
The chalet, which sleeps up to six people, costs $250 a night on Airbnb.
While it’s filled with out-of-town Bills fans and even fans of opposing teams on weekends during football season, Prouty says the Airbnb is even more frequently rented out in the spring and summer. been by visitors to the area.
“He is praised more than I would have ever thought”, regrets Prouty. “There are a ton of people coming here from other countries, visiting Niagara Falls and Western New York and everything we have here.”
Check out what some guests have to say about the cottage on Airbnb:
Not everyone who stays at the Bills Mafia House is a Bills Mafia member, but Prouty says those guests still enjoy their stay.
“Some people in the comments say, ‘I’m not a football fan, but this is very unique,'” Prouty said. “Everyone benefits.”