The Buffalo Bills have played their first two home games of the 2020 season without any fans in attendance at Bills Stadium, but that could change before their next home game.
The team took a close look at how the Miami Dolphins operated their stadium with 11,000 fans in their Week 2 matchup with the Bills.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz confirmed on Monday that the team is seeking a limited capacity crowd.
”I think the Bills are looking for 9,000. It's really in the state's hands right now,” Poloncarz said. “I will say this, the Buffalo Bills have taken measures to offer what would be considered additional precautions, so that we all feel comfortable.
"I am comfortable saying now that the conversations I've had with the Bills and the state is a belief that 10%, which would be a little over 7,000 fans, would be safe. As long as you had time for entry and exit. Which means the game may end and you would not be allowed to leave until your section until your section is called."
The Bills’ next home game is Oct. 15 when they host the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football.
Just seven teams in the NFL had any fans at games in the month of September. There's a good chance that number increases in October.
Along with the Bills, there are reports that the Pittsburgh Steelers are taking steps towards having a limited capacity crowd as well.