BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — With Governor Andrew Cuomo ending COVID-19 range and yellow zones in Western New York, outdoor arts and entertainment venues are now allowed to re-open. Indoor venues still have to wait, including the KeyBank Center.
Elsewhere, National Hockey League fans are starting to return to the arena. The St. Louis Blues announced Wednesday that next week 1,400 fans, season ticket holders, will be allowed to return for home game.
So, when will Buffalo Sabres fans be allowed to watch games inside the KeyBank Center?
“We are in regular communication with New York State with the hope of returning fans safely to KeyBank Center in the near future,” wrote Chris Dierken, the director of media relations for the Buffalo Sabres.
The state allowed some fans to attend Buffalo Bills playoff games, by testing fans before the event. Is that pilot program being considered for indoor arenas?
“Governor Cuomo has been clear that choosing between public health or the economy is a false choice – the answer must be both – and as part of his 2021 State of the State, the Governor proposed creating a rapid testing network to help businesses and venues reopen as we continue to fight COVID. New York’s first-in-the-nation testing pilot program at two Buffalo Bills playoff games showed promising results. We continue to work closely with professional sports teams and venues, letting data and science drive our decision making to allow economic activity in the safest way possible,” said Will Burns, the first deputy press secretary of the governor.
So, will Sabres fans be allowed back this season? The hope is, yes. The question of when, is still unknown.