NY grants permission for Bills to host limited fans for Wild Card game


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ALBANY, N.Y. (NewsNation Now) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday confirmed the Buffalo Bills will be allowed to host a Wild Card playoff game with limited attendance.

Cuomo said an agreement was reached between New York State, the NFL, and the Buffalo Bills to allow approximately 6,700 fans to attend the first home playoff game. Bills Stadium, which is outdoors, can hold around 71,608 people.

“Every fan must test negative before game, wear a mask & social distance,” Cuomo said in a tweet.

Contact tracing after the game will also be in place.

“Fans will be required to pay for their testing as part of their ticket purchase to cover all associated costs. Bioreference Laboratories is providing each test for fans at a reduced cost of $63,” according to a release from the team.

“To Bills fans—be smart,” Cuomo cautioned.

The Buffalo Bills will be hosting a Wild Card playoff game next week for the first time in 25 years.

The last time the Bills hosted a playoff game was in December of 1996.

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