Pro football has no plans on treating the upcoming season any differently than last season
On the basis of what has been seen so far amid the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s NFL season might be able to run its calendar with no issues. One question that has been in the air, though, is whether this season will have any restrictions regarding the number of people allowed in the stadiums. To answer that, the NFL said that it is “planning to have full stadiums” by this fall, according to VP of Football Operations Troy Vincent. He added that if asked to, the league, however, will abide by the rules established by the government and healthcare professionals.
Vincent spoke on The Team 908’s The Brian Mitchell Show about this topic, “We are planning to have full stadiums until the medical community tells us otherwise. Now, remember when we’re talking — we’re talking about September, August, September. So there’s a lot that can happen here. So we’re planning for full stadiums.” He admitted that, due to the uncertainty in the air, the league has also planned for half-full stadiums and even three-quarters of its capacity. “But first and foremost, we’re making every effort, working with the medical community, if we can have those stadiums with all people until they tell us otherwise when that time comes, that’s our plan. That’s our plan of action,” added Vincent.
This information cannot ignore the fact that there is also a possibility that games are played with no fans’ presence. It is not ideal, but the NFL can still see profit without fans in the stadiums, given its major contracts with television channels that generates billions of dollars for the league. Vincent added that if there is a way for fans to go to the stadiums to enjoy the games, the league will find a way to make it happen.