The Green Bay Packers will not host fans at Lambeau Field until a Nov. 1 match against the Minnesota Vikings, conducting the first two regular-season games with only essential participants.
Whether allowing fans to Lambeau Field on Nov. 1 is feasible remains to be seen: the Giants and Jets do not expect fans at MetLife Stadium at the beginning of the season, and the Las Vegas Raiders have announced they plan on having no fans at Allegiant Stadium all season. With preseason scrapped, and the regular season set to begin in a month (Sept. 10), we expect to see many more announcements like this come down the pike, with many states and local municipalities prohibiting gatherings of any size, much less anything on the scale of an NFL crowd.
In what may be the bigger blow, the Packers will not allow fans into the parking lots surrounding Lambeau Field–no tailgating. If fans are allowed into Lambeau Field down the road, the Packers say face masks will be required, with social-distancing protocols implemented.
“Lambeau Field will not be the same without our fans’ energetic support in the stands,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy in a press statement. “Given the extraordinary circumstances this year and the additional protocols in place, though, we determined it was best to take incremental steps to start the regular season. These two games will allow us to focus our attention on safely conducting games inside the stadium with all necessary participants.
“We are hopeful that we will be able to host fans for games later in the season, should conditions allow. We will continue to consult with community healthcare and public health officials on the pandemic conditions in our area. We ask our fans to continue to help by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing guidelines.”
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