ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB)– The Bills organization released a statement on Twitter Tuesday saying they won’t be allowing fans back into Bills Stadium anytime soon.
Last month, the Bills announced there wouldn’t be fans at the first two home games of the season based on guidance from the department of health.
Tuesday’s statement reads, in part;
“At the end of August, we announced we would not be having fans for the first two games of our season based on guidance from the New York State Department of Health for professional sports. As of today, there has been no change to those protocols and fans will not be able to attend home Bills games for the foreseeable future.”
Dr. Steve Caprow was hoping. He’s been a Bills season ticket holder for 55 years straight. “I watched all the games and was kind of depressed that I couldn’t go on Sunday because it was such an exciting game and I kept pointing that’s where we sit, but there was nobody there.”
About ten NFL cities have already had some fans in the stands. WXIN-TV Indianapolis Sports reporter Chris Hogan tells News 4, it’s gone well. “They started off with 2,500 fans. The second week they bumped it up to 7,500 trying to ramp up the numbers. I think it has gone very well here in Indianapolis.”
Former News 4 Sports reporter Tom Martin now works with Let It Fly Media, a video content agency in Kansas City, where 16,000 Chiefs fans were in Arrowhead Stadium on Week One. “Taking my own views and talking with people who were there, I think the Chiefs did a great job spreading people out. They had these pods that people in their group would sit in and they were distanced from each other.”
Tuesday’s Twitter statement by the Buffalo Bills said they are still working hard to ensure they are ready to provide a safe environment should protocols change.
Gov. Cuomo discussed the Bills during his conference on Wednesday.
“I understand the plans they’re working on,” he says.
Cuomo says the state is trying to lower the infection rate in western New York.
“I’m going to take a tour of the stadium and meet with team leadership and talk it through.”
Kelly Khatib is a digital reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.