Bills get green light to play in front of full stadium

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Fans watch during the first half of a game between the Buffalo Bills and the Arizona Cardinals at New Era Field in Orchard Park, N.Y. (Jeffrey T. Barnes/AP)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Welcome back, Bills Mafia.

The Buffalo Bills received the green light from state health officials to return to full capacity for home games this season, the team announced Monday.

Vaccinated and unvaccinated fans will be allowed to attend, though unvaccinated ones will be required to wear masks under guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The coronavirus pandemic led to Buffalo playing home games in an empty stadium during the regular season last year. The rules were loosened to allow about 6,700 fans — about 10 per cent of the stadium’s capacity — to attend the Bills’ two home playoff games in January.

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