Gov. Cuomo floated the idea of opening up Buffalo’s Bills Stadium to a limited number of fans — if the upstate New York team makes it to the NFL playoffs this year.
The governor — an admitted Bills fan — said that decision depends on COVID-19 infection and hospital rates around that time.
“If we’re in the playoffs, if the infection rate is under control and the capacity rate is under control and we come up with a smart, science-based way to do it, I would be all in favor,” Cuomo said at a press conference Friday.
Other teams, like the Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns, have allowed a limited number of fans during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Bills (10-3) are at the top of the AFC East in Week 15 and are hoping to clinch a playoff spot. They play the Broncos Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
“I would love nothing more on a personal level than to see Buffalonians enjoy this moment,” Cuomo said about the Bills making a postseason run. “They’re playing great. It is exciting and god bless Buffalo deserves it.”
The governor noted, however, that the decision to host some fans at Bills Stadium in Orchard Park is ultimately up to state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker.
“I don’t know that he’s a football fan in general but I’m going to communicate that if there’s any way to figure it out, we should try to figure it out,” Cuomo said.
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