ORCHARD PARK — There weren’t any fans in the stands at Bills Stadium to witness the Bills’ epic win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, but that might be changing soon.
Reports surfaced Monday afternoon that the Bills are in continued talks with local and state officials regarding the welcoming of fans to the team’s next home game, against the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 15.
Executive Mark Poloncarz has said that Erie County would favor allowing up to 7,000 fans inside Bills Stadium but added that the final decision comes down to the state, not the county.
The Bills initially requested an allowance of 17,000 fans, then lowered that number to 9,000. However, the Erie County Health Department has amended that number to 7,000, or 10% of the stadium’s full capacity. Another note in the proposal is that fans will have to abide by a timed entry and exit process. After the game, fans are expected to be released by section, with each section being required to exit a certain gate.
Poloncarz also discussed which fans would have the best chance at being admitted to the game, with season ticket holders getting the first crack based on those who have had their season tickets the longest. Those given the option to buy tickets will be able to purchase only a certain number of seats, six being the number that Poloncarz threw out there.
During the Bills’ Week 2 win over the Miami Dolphins, a team that has allowed fans to attend their home games this season, Buffalo had staff on-site at Hard Rock Stadium to understand how the Dolphins were going about the process of allowing fans into their stadium.
There are still hurdles that need to be cleared, but there is a good chance we may see fans in the stands at Bills Stadium this season after all.