Tailgating at Buffalo Bills home games has become a cherished tradition for many.
That game day experience will not be a part of today's home playoff game, even though fans have waited years for this opportunity. County Executive Mark Poloncarz stated that no tailgating will be allowed in stadium parking lots, and he is unaware of any permits being issued for private lots nearby. He warned of potential setbacks if fans ignore the ban.
"I'm really hopeful that the fans understand that they've been given an opportunity to enjoy the football team live, in person. And right now, we want to ensure that that continues as long as possible, and if people abuse it, then I'm fairly confident New York's going to pull the plug on this and say even if we get to the divisional round, the fans will not be allowed."
Nearly 7,000 fans have been allowed to attend today's game.
All ticket holders were required to undergo COVID-19 testing before being issued a ticket. Fewer than 2 percent of those tested were positive.