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Some Buffalo Bills season ticket holders utilize one-time refund following COVID vaccine mandate

With the new mandate that you must be vaccinated, a small number of fans refunded their season tickets

When the Erie County Department of Health and Buffalo Bills announced following Week 1 that every fan over the age of 11 in attendance at home games would need to be vaccinated, they offered season ticket holders the chance to get a refund for the season. Of the 58,000 to 60,000 season ticket holders, only 762 took up the offer according to Sal Capaccio of WGR 550. We don’t know the exact number of season tickets sold, but it’s about 1.3 percent.

Beginning with next Sunday’s game hosting the Washington Football Team, everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated must have at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine to enter the stadium. The full two-shot dose must be completed by the end of October to enter the stadium in November and beyond.

This change was announced after Buffalo’s season opener, leading many to complain that they weren't able to make an informed decision about ticket purchases ahead of time. Single-game tickets were not eligible to be refunded.

Buffalo is one of four teams with some sort of vaccine mandate to attend games.

Fans who asked for a season ticket refund lost their seat and their spot in the seniority list for the future. They’ll revert to the end of the line if and when they return to being season ticket holders.

The newly available season tickets will be offered to folks on the season ticket waiting list created over the summer. If they can’t find 762 willing purchasers, they will become single-game tickets in the near future. I’d imagine they’ll be gone in short order.