The Buffalo Bills were informed that they’ll be allowed to have a limited attendance for their upcoming playoff game.
The year 1995 holds plenty of significance for the Buffalo Bills. Not only was that the last time the Bills had won the AFC East championship, but it was also the last time they hosted a playoff game. After clinching the division title in Week 15 and being set to finish no worse the 3-seed in the AFC, Bills fans are being rewarded.
On Wednesday, New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced that Bills Stadium will be permitted to host 6,772 fans for their Wild-Card Round contest. Additionally, the team will work with New York’s Department of Health to conduct contact tracing following the game.
Bills fans must comply with COVID-19 protocols to obtain entrance
In terms of who will be able to purchase tickets, priority will be based on seniority of season-ticket holders who opted into purchasing tickets this year. Nearly 6,200 tickets will go on sale this Thursday, Dec. 31, and are not expected to be made available to the general public.
Fans who purchase tickets will have to undergo COVID-19 testing at the stadium two or three days prior to the playoff game. The $63 fee for the test will be included in the ticket price. No fan will be permitted to enter the stadium if they do not receive a negative COVID-19 test.
Those 6,772 fans will be socially distanced throughout the stadium and will be required to wear a mask at all times. Those who fail to comply will be ejected from the game. Additionally, there will be no tailgating permitted.
If Buffalo happens to advance to the Divisional Round and is eligible to host another game, those fans who attended the Wild-Card game will not be allowed to purchase tickets.
Whoever the Bills face off on Jan. 9 or 10, Bills Mafia will be there in attendance to make some noise, albeit at a reduced number and socially distanced with masks.