In St. Peters, Hundreds Camp Out for Chicken Wings

The Buffalo Wild Wings grand opening in St. Peters today was about more than just free wings for a year to the first 100 people in line.

It was also about bonding over a collective love of chicken wings.

Austin Hughes rests after partying on the sidewalk all night long, while reserving his spot in line for free wings.

Most wing lovers arrived to the sidewalks of Buffalo Wild Wings, 179-C Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Wednesday evening for the 11 a.m. grand opening today.

Among ways to kill boredom, an intense football game broke out in the parking lot at 3 a.m.

As Dylan Haggerty put it, ''After an experience like tonight, I think we'll do this at every Buffalo Wild Wings grand opening." Godspeed, Dylan.

One group met at the grand opening of the Wentzville Buffalo Wild Wings this past March and remained. friends. They met again at Mid Rivers location Wednesay.

Christina Linnenbringer, Buffalo Wild Wings marketing manager, said one guy arrived at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, but the afternoon rain forced him to leave.

Attending Buffalo Wild Wings on Friday is the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales and Bud Girls, and on Sunday, Fredbird. The next grand opening will be in Belleville, Illinois in October.

By Lyle Whitworth
To pass time, Rebecca Reiss reads Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows...for the third time.
By Lyle Whitworth
People who arrived Wednesday evening to wait in line for free wings were excited for the doors to open shortly.
By Lyle Whitworth
Sabrina Apple and Becky Fulfs were first in line and waited next to the Buffalo Wild Wings front door since 7:15 p.m. Wednesday. To pass their time, they played card games, listen to radio stations for contests, and did plenty of phone texting.
By Lyle Whitworth
Slater Felzien, Julie Polk, and Taylor Donahue compete in Phase 10 card game, shortly after playing Scattergories.
By Lyle Whitworth
Once the Red Bull energy drink mobile arrived in the parking lot, the rush was on! RED BULL! AAHHH!
By Lyle Whitworth
Steven Jackson tosses the football to his friend, Sam Stockglausner, in the St. Peters Buffalo Wild Wings parking lot. They played games since Wednesday evening, including soccer, until they accidentally kicked the soccer ball on a shopping center roof.
By Lyle Whitworth
John Olson sleeps inside the tent, while Mark Mowery doses off. They arrived at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

- Lyle Whitworth


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