What will the 2020 season look like for fans if present trends regarding the COVID-19 pandemic continue? The Green Bay Packers offered a preview in a letter to season-ticket holders.
The NFL has already made some adjustments to operations in advance of the 2020 season, implementing workout protocols and reportedly eliminating two preseason games.
But so much of 2020 season planning hinged on some sort of normalcy emerging in the United States this fall. But given that COVID-19 positive tests and test rates are on the rise in most of the country and states like Texas implementing new mandatory face-mask usage, it’s clear the pandemic is not going away any time soon.
So NFL teams must plan for a season taking this fact into account–including the possibility that no fans will be present in the stands come the opening of the campaign. The Green Bay Packers acknowledged this possibility in a letter to season-ticket holders, warning that things could be very different in 2020:
At this time, the team is preparing to have fans in attendance with new policies and safety measures to allow for appropriate social distancing, which will require the stadium’s seating capacity to be significantly reduced. Face coverings also will be required, and other necessary precautions will be in place. As a result, the special experience to which fans are accustomed at Lambeau Field will look and feel very different.
Because of the reduced capacity should fans be able to attend games, the organization cannot guarantee that ticket holders in the general bowl and club seats will be able to reserve tickets.
While preparations continue and the full plan has not yet been finalized, the letter asked season ticket holders to begin considering their options for this season. In the near future, season ticket holders will be asked to complete a questionnaire asking if they want to “opt in” to be included in the process for a chance to reserve tickets this year. Those that opt in will be asked additional questions and given further instructions; this opportunity is exclusive to season ticket holders at this time.
The good news in Green Bay: fans won’t need to give up their place in the season-ticket line if they decide to skip the 2020 season. In other cities where there’s not a long wait to procure tickets, that won’t be a huge factor.
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