The Minnesota Vikings 2020 season will begin with no fans in stands at U.S. Bank Stadium for the team’s first two September games, but officials left open the possibility of larger crowds down the road.
The team issued the following statement:
“Over the past several months, we have collaborated with U.S. Bank Stadium partners, the NFL, the State of Minnesota and the City of Minneapolis to determine the best way to safely and responsibly host a limited number of fans at Vikings home games. We have sought to balance the opportunity to provide fan access with the responsibility to adhere to public health and medical guidance in order to maintain the health and safety of fans, players, staff members and the broader community. Ultimately, public health is our top priority.
“Based on our conversations and the current Minnesota Department of Health guidelines that specify an indoor venue capacity of 250, we have determined it is not the right time to welcome fans back to U.S. Bank Stadium. As a result, the first two Vikings home games on Sunday, Sept. 13, and Sunday, Sept. 27, will be closed to the public. We will continue to work with the appropriate officials on our plans with the hope of bringing fans back in a safe manner later this season.”
Currently Minnesota state health guidelines limit attendance at indoor venues at 250, and there’s no indication that could change in the next month. Other teams have announced no fans would be allowed in the stands for the entire season; it will be a wait-and-see situation for the rest of the Vikings 2020 season.
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