Cuomo will give away Bills playoff ticket to nurse after controversy

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will give away his Buffalo Bills playoff ticket after his choice to allow the NFL crew to permit followers on the stadium prompted criticism and even a petition to ban him from attending.

He stated throughout his every day coronavirus briefing Wednesday that he would give the ticket to Saturday’s Bills recreation in opposition to the Indianapolis Colts to a nurse.

“I’m going to give my Bills ticket to a nurse from Erie County Medical Center as a way of saying thank you and honoring all health care heroes,” he stated.

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, in-person attendance at skilled sporting occasions has been severely restricted for months. The Bills weren’t allowed to have followers on the stadium throughout the common season.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Jan. 3, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen passes within the first half of an NFL soccer recreation in opposition to the Miami Dolphins, Jan. 3, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

The crew hasn’t gained the AFC East since 1995, and Cuomo introduced that simply over 6,700 followers would have the ability to attend the crew’s return to the playoffs for a Wild Card recreation Saturday afternoon. The stadium’s regular capability is greater than 71,000, in line with the crew.

Lucky followers in attendance should put on masks and take a look at destructive for COVID-19 earlier than the sport – at their very own expense.

“A football playoff game is outdoors, which is a much better situation from COVID spread,” Cuomo stated final Wednesday. “We believe we are the first state in the nation to run this kind of pilot. We think it can be very instructive to us going forward.”

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Bills quarterback Josh Allen, who set a Bills single-season passing yards report this yr, stated the crew was “super excited” to host followers for the sport.

“Please follow guidelines and wear your masks in the stands so we can have you guys there for the rest of the way,” he stated in a Twitter video. “Go, Bills!”

The Bills will face the Indianapolis Colts throughout a Wild Card playoff recreation Saturday at 1 p.m. ET. Officials stated tailgating gained’t be permitted.

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Critics of the governor’s coronavirus shutdowns launched a petition on Change.org calling on the crew to “ban” Cuomo from attending its playoff video games. It garnered tens of hundreds of signatures, but it surely seems it’s not mandatory.

Cuomo stated he would spend the time engaged on his upcoming State of the State speech.

Fox News’ Daniel Canova contributed to this report.

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