Updated: January 01, 2021 11:12 PM
Created: January 01, 2021 10:42 PM
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WHEC) — If you don't already have one, don't bother trying. Tickets for the first Bills home playoff game since 1996 are sold out. News10NBC talked to one life-long fan who purchased her tickets on New Year's Eve.
Barbara Babiarz of Penfield has been a season ticket holder for 34 years. These playoff tickets are like a reward for her loyalty to the team.
It's been a roller coaster ride for most Buffalo Bills fans, especially for Babiarz.
"The really high are really, really wonderful and exciting, and it makes you really want to be part of the team, but the lows are pretty bad," Babiarz said.
She's excited she was lucky enough to purchase two coveted Bills playoff tickets online, out of the 6,700 that are available for their fans. Going to a Bills playoff game for the first time in 25 years for her is special.
"It's goosebump material. I mean just the thought of being part of this playoff game as a fan when I couldn't go at all for the whole season I just, there are no words to describe it," Babiarz said.
Her excitement was kicked-off with this announcement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
"The agreement with the Department of Health, State of New York, Buffalo Bills will allow fans at the first playoff game," Cuomo said.
"If this goes through, and everything was a positive experience that's going to open up sporting events, and therein is going to open up the economy. It's going to help the economy of New York," Babiarz added.
Bills Stadium holds over 70,000 people, but only 6,700 fans are allowed at the game. Babiarz has no concerns.
"My confidence is with the Bills and their operation, and they worked through everything, and I'm confident it’s going to be a safe environment," Babiarz said.
A winning Bills season as the year came to a close.
"Final gift from 2020 was I got my two tickets to the Bills playoff game," Babiarz said.
Ticket holders have to drive to Bills Stadium days before the game for a COVID-19 test. They must test negative and show proof of that test when they return to the stadium for the actual playoff game. Bills do play the Dolphins this Sunday starting at 1 p.m.
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