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Bills: Covid-safe game viewing, local venues get creative with seating

Bills: Covid-safe game viewing, local venues get creative with seating

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Buffalo Riverworks and The Stage in Williamsville have repurposed portions of their businesses to give customers and Bills fans a covid-safe place to watch the game on Tuesday.

Riverworks has changed its entertainment area, which is usually used for roller derby and concerts, into a seating area and an indoor patio.

“We’re geared up and getting ready for the bills game tomorrow. But what we’ve decided to do this year, was rather than put all the patio furniture away for the winter in storage, we decided to get a little creative and create this indoor patio scene in there,” said Bill Casale, General Manager Pearl Street Properties and Buffalo Riverworks. “So we have the turf, we have all the patio furniture, we have some patio lights. Just to give people the feeling of being outside and enjoying a little bit more of summer trying to extend the season a little bit.”

When it comes to spacing and social distancing, Riverworks manager says that’s not a problem, because they have plenty of space.

“So we definitely have the benefit of spreading things out, everything is well over 6 feet a part, so we practice extreme safety, social distancing, we have sanitize stations all over the facility, all of our employees wear masks, etc. so we’re meeting all the guidelines,” he said.

Another venue that usually hosts concerts and events is The Stage in Williamsville. Management there says they’ve turned their popular dance floor into a dining area

“We just went through remodeling of our floor plan,” said Linnea Ryer bar manager. “So we have tables set up, for parties of 4 all the way up to 10.”

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Bills fans finding creative ways to watch Tuesday’s game

Bills fans finding creative ways to watch Tuesday’s game

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — Some Bills fans hoping to head down to Tennessee to cheer for the team in person changed their minds after the recent scheduling woes.

Although the Titans are allowing more than 8,600 fans inside Nissan Stadium, many decided against traveling after the what ifs and back and forth whether the game would still be on.

Nick Giammusso is the president of VIP Tix, an organization that allows people to buy and sell tickets to events like football games. He says just a few weeks ago people were contacting him to head to Nashville.

“It seems like just a few weeks ago we were getting a lot of calls, fielding a lot of calls, and then with the uncertainty of the date, things just kind of leveled off,” Giammusso told News 4.

But Bills fans still want to be able to watch the game while also staying safe, so they’re finding creative ways to cheer on the team.

People can head to Lockport and break out the charcoal grills and folding tables. The Transit Drive-In is allowing people to tailgate and stay for the game. Strict safety protocols will be in place, however, with parking at roughly 50-percent capacity.

“The game is going to be projected on the largest outdoor screen in New York State with the brightest projector in the world, and it’s going to be incredible,” said owner Rick Cohen. “All from the comfort of your car, or you can sit outside in lawn chairs, as long as you stay within your group and social distance, everyone will have a safe and fun time.”

Marlee Tuskes is a reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.

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