ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – State and local leaders addressed the media Thursday about the weather conditions in western New York. One topic of discussion was the Buffalo Bills game scheduled at Ralph Wilson Stadium for Sunday, against the New York Jets.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the team is preparing to play the Jets on Monday night in Detroit, Pittsburgh or Washington.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said they would like to have the game at the Ralph, but he can’t currently commit the county’s resources to the stadium on Sunday.
Poloncarz said, “The NFL is a business, if the NFL is trying to push the Bills to hold a football game while we’re in the middle of an emergency shame on the NFL.”
“We are in a major emergency. We have had eight deaths. We still might have people in their vehicles. We have roofs collapsing. We were just touring a facility that has a couple hundred patients at a nursing home and there was seven feet of snow, with another two to three feet potential, on the flat roof of a nursing home. If the NFL is pushing this game to be held, shame on the NFL,” Poloncarz said.
Earlier Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said, “If you ask me today, right now, my two cents is it’s impractical to have the game because it jeopardizes public safety.”
As of Wednesday, the Buffalo Bills were planning to have the game. They are paying people to help shovel the stadium, in case the game does take place.
It appears a helicopter is surveying the scene to check out the cleanup efforts at the Ralph.