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.
NYS, @NFL and @BuffaloBills have come to an agreement to allow ~6,700 fans to attend the first home playoff game.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) December 30, 2020
The stadium is outdoors. Every fan must test negative before game, wear a mask & social distance.
There will be post-game contact tracing.
To Bills fans—be smart.
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.
.@NYGovCuomo has agreed to allow more than 6700 #BillsMafia fans into the #Bills stadium this weekend and says he’s coming to the game. But almost double that amount have signed a @Change petition asking to ban him from attending. https://t.co/ErVsbAGeTV— Tim Wenger (@TimWBEN) January 5, 2021
“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.