NFL fan attendance during the 2020 season was limited in some markets and nonexistent in others due to COVID-19.
As a result, teams all around the league were hit with heavy revenue losses. Fortunately, it looks like 2021 will be a different story.
According to Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal, the NFL is not anticipating any limitations on stadium capacity during the upcoming season.
A pandemic-related conference call for all 32 teams is scheduled for tonight as the league continues to iron out details for this year.
With caseloads still increasing due to the Delta variant, the NFL will gather all 32 teams for a pandemic briefing tonight. https://t.co/l5WB1hk0ls
— Ben Fischer (@BenFischerSBJ) August 17, 2021
While NFL stadiums are expected to be fully open this season, we could see attendance reduced depending on how different parts of the country handle the COVID-19 Delta variant. Local politicians could move to limit attendance if they feel doing so will help health and safety conditions in their area.
Additionally, we’ve already seen several teams come out and say they will be instituting masking and/or vaccine policies for attendance. Like everything else during the COVID-19 pandemic, all of this is fluid and subject to change.
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