The Buffalo Bills could not fit all of their fans who do not like Gov. Andrew Cuomo into a full-capacity Bills Stadium, but the New York governor is planning to be among the limited-capacity playoff crowd of 6,772 fans on Saturday.
Once Cuomo announced he would attend the first game with fans this season, a Change.org petition surfaced in protest of Cuomo attending the wildcard playoff game against Indianapolis.
“So Cuomo is going to attend our playoff game after telling us that we can only attend at less than 10% capacity?” reads the petition, which was started by Bills’ fan Jeffrey Dorenzo. “If he thinks he has more right to a seat in that stadium over people who have waited over 20 years for this opportunity, then people better be there to protest his entry. This is OUR team! This is OUR home. We don’t want you here.”
They don’t call it Bills Mafia for nothing. The petition, titled “Ban Andrew Cuomo from Buffalo Bills Stadium playoff games,” was about four-fifths of the way to its 50,000-signature goal as of Wednesday morning. That is a moving target because it started with a goal of 15,000, which was quickly met.
The 9% stadium capacity will be given to season ticket holders who sit in a socially distanced arrangement, wear masks and test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of the game, the Bills announced. No tailgating will be allowed.
“A football playoff game is outdoors, which is a much better situation from COVID spread,” Cuomo said. “We believe we are the first state in the nation to run this kind of pilot. We think it can be very instructive to us going forward.”
Cuomo hinted that this game could lead to other openings, such as concerts, sports and Broadway. Having the musical “Hadestown” or the Knicks perform outside in New York would be interesting.