New York State reviewing Bills Stadium reopening plan but tailgating big concern

Just a day after clinching a playoff berth and a division title, another win may be in the cards for the Buffalo Bills, and their fans.

Governor Cuomo announced Sunday the state has the Bills Stadium reopening plan, which is now under review by the Department of Health.

Cuomo said Friday he was “all in favor” of the Bills having fans in the stands should the team host a playoff game, but it would have to be handled in a smart, science-based way.

Concerns were raised, however, after the Bills came home to a large crowd of fans waiting for them at the Buffalo Airport Saturday night. Cuomo said large gatherings are always a concern with the virus, but relegated the final decision to health director Dr. Howard Zucker.

Zucker told reporters his greatest concern was the famous tailgating among fans before the game, but the state would be looking at what other stadiums are doing around the country.

The Bills (11-3) will host the Miami Dolphins in the final regular-season game on Jan.3, and the first round of the National Football League Playoffs begin on Jan.9.