Here’s a Big Sign We Could Be Back to Normal In WNY By This Fall
2020 was the absolute worst; there's no denying that. We went months without hugging loved ones. Weeks at a time without seeing friends. No vacations. Loss of live concerts, festivals, and sporting events.
2021, however, is already looking promising. Two Hollywood movies will be filming here in the coming months. Sports arenas and stadiums can currently operate at a limited capacity. Event venues can have limited capacity soon. Restaurants in New York State (outside of NYC) can increase to 75 percent capacity in less than two weeks.
You also have events such as Taste of Buffalo returning in-person and the Dyngus Day Parade being planned on happening, albeit at a reduced capacity. There was news on Monday though, that could mean we are back to normal or at least close to it by the fall of 2021, here in Western New York.
According to WKBW, the Buffalo Bills are planning on having full capacity at Bills Stadium for the 2021 season, which usually begins in September. This comes with the news the Bills will raise season ticket prices.
The team says they will adjust capacity if need be, based on guidelines given by the NFL and New York State. But as of now, they're preparing to have full capacity.
Right now, professional sporting venues in the state such as Bills Stadium and the KeyBank Center can operate at 10 percent capacity. Those current guidelines were created based on how well the two playoff games for the Bills went against the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens, back in January.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Sunday that nearly 2 million people in the state have been fully vaccinated. That number is expected to grow drastically in the coming weeks and months, including another 850,000 doses this week.
Whether or not the Bills have full capacity is probably still up in the air, but the fact they're planning on it is a great sign. At the very least, this summer and fall in Buffalo and Western New York will look much better than they did in 2020.