Hope For The Bills To Have Fans In Attendance For Thursday Night Game In October?
There weren't any fans at Bills Stadium for the home opener against the New York Jets on September 13th, and there won't be any for the Bills' third regular season game and second at home on September 27th against the Los Angeles Rams.
But will that change for their third home game on Thursday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs?
A couple things.
For one, the Bills said two weeks ago they remained hopeful to have fans in attendance at some point this season, which would help raise their salary cap.
"We'll get through this season, and we'll what happens with that; we'll see where the cap is. We're probably planning on $175 (million), but crossing our fingers that we'll be able to get fans in the stands in various ways the league can create revenue to raise that cap above $175 (million)," said Bills general manager Brandon Beane.
Secondly, there was a tweet that was retweeted by Del Reid (26 Shirts founder) from someone who was at the Bills game down in Miami, and he mentioned Bills' officials were examining regulations and protocols that the Dolphins had (who were allowing limited fans in attendance) and the Bills have plans in place for 9,000-13,000 fans in attendance for Thursday Night's game on October 15th. But, would need government approval.
Also, news came last week that the Tennessee Titans would start allowing fans in October and gradually increasing as the season goes on.
New York is clearly not the same as Tennessee but it's evident teams are trying to get limited fan capacity later this fall.
Governor Andrew Cuomo and Erie County would still have to okay any plan for fans in place at Bills Stadium, which would include the COVID-19 numbers to determine whether or not it happens.
As of Sunday, New York State's infection rate was below one percent. Western New York's infection rate was at 1.6 percent, which is the highest in the state.
I'm guessing those numbers would at the very least need to remain the same for the approval to allow any limited attendance at Bills Stadium.
We'll see what happens.