Bills fans start petition to ban Cuomo from playoff game
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Tania Savayan/The Journal News via Imagn Content Services, LLC

The Buffalo Bills will host the Indianapolis Colts Saturday in the NFL wild-card round, and some members of the team’s fan base consider one expected attendee at the game a persona non grata.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week that despite the exploding number of COVID-19 cases in the state, 6,700 fans will be allowed to attend the Bills-Colts tilt, which is the the team’s first home playoff game since 1996.

Cuomo’s announcement was a controversial one on a few fronts. First, New York residents who do not happen to be NFL fans believed it was hypocritical to allow that many people into Bills Stadium in light of how it deviates from the strict COVID-19 protocols currently in place.

On the other hand, Bills fans are upset that only 6,700 fans will be allowed entry into a stadium with a capacity of 71,870. Given the limited number of seats available, some members of Bills Mafia don’t want Cuomo taking up a spot.

With that in mind, a Bills fan launched a petition on Change.org demanding that Cuomo not attend the game. If he does, the petition calls Bills Mafia to action and asks one of the most passionate fan bases in all of sports to protest the governor’s presence.

“So Cuomo is going to attend our playoff game after telling us that we can only attend at less than 10% capacity? 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,” the petition started by Bills backer Jeffrey Dorenzo reads. “This is OUR team! This is OUR home. We don’t want you here…”

As noted in the above tweet, the petition has become a popular movement with Bills Mafia. As of Tuesday afternoon, the petition has already garnered over 17,000 signatures and is well on the way to the stated 25,000-signature goal.

This article first appeared on Sportress of Blogitude and was syndicated with permission.

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