BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — New York State announced fans will be allowed to attend the Buffalo Bills home playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens Saturday at Bills Stadium under the same rules used during Wild Card Weekend.
A partnership between the Bills, New York State and BioReference Laboratories led to the return of fans to the stadium for this first time this season Saturday when the Bills took on the Indianapolis Colts in the team's first home playoff game since 1996.
Fans were allowed to attend in a limited capacity and with COVID-19 protocols in place. Officials say the same limited capacity and COVID-19 protocols will be in place for Saturday's game against the Ravens.
"It was a great joy to see the Buffalo Bills win their first home playoff game in more than two decades in front of thousands of New York fans on Saturday, and we're looking forward to extending that winning streak this week,"Cuomo said. "New York's first-in-the-nation pilot plan to reopen Bills Stadium to fans went smoothly, and we're pleased to be able to extend it to next week's game. The success of our pilot plan depends on individual behavior as well as collective measures, and I urge Bills fans to stay safe and follow the rules as we look to another exciting game. Go Bills!"
Before the state announced fans could attend the game, the Bills made tickets available to season ticket holders. The team announced as of 1 p.m. Monday the tickets were sold out.
"We felt the energy from our fans last Saturday at the stadium and we know our coaches and players appreciated the support on the field," Buffalo Bills Owners Kim and Terry Pegula said. "We have worked with the Governor, his team and BioReference to ensure we will host fans again on Saturday night. They have all been great partners in this process. We want to thank our fans for following the safety guidelines, and remind the fans coming Saturday to please wear your mask, socially distance and follow the rules. Be safe. Be smart. Be loud!"
Kickoff for the game Saturday is scheduled for 8:15 p.m.