The Buffalo Bills are a professional football team based in Buffalo, New York. They are members of the East Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). Starting in 1973 they have played their home games in the suburb of Orchard Park. Since the 2008 NFL season the Bills have played one regular season home game per season in Toronto as part of the Bills Toronto Series.
The Bills began competitive play in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League and joined the NFL as part of the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.The Bills won two consecutive American Football League titles in 1964 and 1965, but the club has not won a league championship since then. Buffalo is also the only team to win four consecutive American Football Conference Championships, the only team in either conference to play in four consecutive Super Bowl games, and the only team ever to lose those four consecutive Super Bowls, consequently to the NFC East.
The Bills were named as the result of the winning entry in a local contest by Michael Doucas, which named the team after the AAFC Buffalo Bills, a previous football franchise from the All-America Football Conference that merged with the Cleveland Browns in 1950. That team was named after the historic "Buffalo Bill" Cody. The Bills' cheerleaders are known as the Buffalo Jills. The official mascot is Billy Buffalo; Cody is not used in the team's iconography at all.
They are the only New York NFL team to play their home games within New York state proper. Both the New York Giants and the New York Jets play in East Rutherford, New Jersey, nine miles from their headquarters in New York City. With the inception of the original 5-year Bills Toronto Series deal in 2008, which was recently extended through 2017, they are the only NFL team to play a home game in Canada and one of only two (the St. Louis Rams, with their regular hosting of the NFL International Series in London, being the other) to play home games outside the United States. The Bills conduct summer training camp at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, New York, an eastern suburb of Rochester.
New York is a state of the United States.
The capital is Albany.