Chiefs fans attend practice and raise hope for limited capacity attendance
The Kansas City Chiefs are one of the first teams to test their new plan of having fans in attendance during the regular season.
The Chiefs invited season ticket holders to attend their practice on Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium, and around 2,000 fans were in attendance. As part of their new safety protocols, fans were required to wear masks, and seating was spread out to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Furthermore, the Chiefs didn’t allow any fans to come in contact with the players.
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Health Department Director Dr. Rex Archer said it’s a test-run for their staff and stadium executives to see if their new safety protocols will work for the regular season. The Chiefs plan on admitting roughly 16,800 fans for their eight home regular-season games.
“Is it going to be 100% foolproof? No. Should folks that are high risk for this disease, for being hospitalized or worse or have family members at home that are in that situation — should they be attending? No, I would advise against it,” Archer said.
Nevertheless, if all goes well during the Chiefs’ Saturday practice, they plan on inviting as much as 5,000 fans next weekend. This could very much be the new plan for having fans in attendance during the regular season. However, several teams like the New York Jets, Las Vegas Raiders, and the New York Giants have already announced that they won’t be able to have fans at home games to begin the season.
The Chiefs are scheduled to play their first regular season game against the Houston Texans on Sept. 10.