Still unknown if governor will visit WNY ahead of next Bills home game

Lot 1 gated off ahead of the Bills home opener. September 13, 2020
Lot 1 gated off ahead of the Bills home opener. September 13, 2020 Photo credit WBEN/Mike Baggerman

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – It is still unknown whether or not Buffalo Bills fans will be able to attend the October 15 game at Bills Stadium.

In an interview Tuesday morning with Star 102.5’s Rob Lucas, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul reiterated that Governor Andrew Cuomo plans to tour the stadium in Orchard Park, but she did not say when the governor will be in town.

“I’ll talk to his scheduler about that,” Hochul quipped. “We also have some very intense problems in New York City where he’s been focused on neighborhoods where we have spikes and hotspots where the infection is 5, 6, 7 percent…There’s a lot of challenges that are occupying the governor’s time in New York City.”

The governor suggested he is comfortable with allowing thousands of fans into the stadium because of the ability for groups to stay physically apart. However, concerns remain about the number of entry and exit points at the stadium and the governor said he is worried about fans congregating in one spot.

A message to the governor’s office has not been returned.

The Bills received some good news on Tuesday. Their Week 5 opponent, the Tennessee Titans, reportedly had a second day of all negative results. This means the Titans can practice as early as Wednesday and would mean the two teams can play in Tennessee this Sunday.

"I know we're anxious," Hochul said. "October 15 is just around the corner. We're excited about the Thursday night football game and God damn - I shouldn't say that - We are so proud of what the Bills are doing. I'm all over the state just bragging about them. I understand the strong desire by our loyal fans to get people in to be able to see them in person. On the other hand, we've got a good streak going the way it is. I don't know, I don't want to mess with the mojo."