Fans can attend Buffalo Bills playoff game against Baltimore Ravens, Cuomo says
ALBANY – Another 6,772 fans will be allowed to attend the Buffalo Bills playoff game this Saturday against the Baltimore Ravens, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday evening.
The state Department of Health signed off on the plan to allow for the limited number of fans to attend the upcoming game at Bills Stadium, mirroring the same plan that was in place last Saturday when the Bills defeated the Indianapolis Colts to advance to the NFL's Divisional Round.
Tickets to the game for the Ravens sold out earlier Monday. They were contingent on the state's approval, which came around 5:30 p.m.
Now, ticketholders — each of whom paid $63 for a COVID-19 test through BioReference Laboratories — will have to travel to Bills Stadium in Orchard Park in the days leading up to the game to submit to a COVID-19 test.
Those fans who test positive will not be permitted to attend.
"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," Cuomo said in a statement.
A total of 137 out of the roughly 7,100 ticketholders, media members and guests who took coronavirus tests prior to the Bills-Colts game, according to the state.
Those people were offered ticket refunds, though the cost of the COVID-19 test was nonrefundable.
Like last week's game, tailgating will be prohibited. Fans will have to wear masks and maintain social distance within the stadium, which will be at about 9% capacity.
Jon Campbell is a New York state government reporter for the USA TODAY Network. He can be reached at JCAMPBELL1@Gannett.com or on Twitter at @JonCampbellGAN.
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