Nowhere in the Rockpile was this "closeness" more in evidence than in the western section of the stadium. It was here, in the gradually-sloped, boxed-off, section, that a fan could really get, up-close and personal. This section was the closest section to the infamous, "Dodge Street Tunnel." It was here, at the tunnel, that players and fans were forced to intermingle with each other. Fans sitting in this section were able to use the tunnel for concesions and restrooms. The players had to use the tunnel to enter the playing field from their locker rooms. During a baseball game, the visiting players would be have to share restrooms with the fans. No effort was made by stadium security to keep fans out of the restrooms while a player was relieving himself. This was sometimes too close from a players standpoint. Also the fand would be at eye level to the players as they came out of the visiting dugout. This made heckling of the visiting team extremely easy. It also made it extremely dangerous for the fans sitting in these seats if a line drive was hit foul their way.
It was at the Dodge Street Tunnel that beer cans were known to "rain down" on players after a Bills game, if their performances weren't up to snuff.
During the return of baseball to the stadium in the '80s, the Dodge Street Tunnel was also a gathering place for fans to meet and be seen. There were souvenir stands and specialty food stands located inside the tunnel. It was a great place to get a bite to eat or just have casual conversation. Many people, I imagine, might have met that certain "someone special" inside the tunnel.