Packers announce attendance restrictions for training camp, preseason
The NFL has been forced to take unprecedented action leading up to the 2020 NFL season due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It appears such drastic changes will be made through training camp and even the preseason as well:
“After consulting with local health officials and reviewing league and CDC guidelines, we felt we needed to make this difficult decision,” said Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy. “We will continue to work on the protocols and logistics in the hope that we can welcome fans back to Lambeau Field for the regular season without jeopardizing the health of our players, team personnel and fans.”
Green Bay is hoping that the new restrictions will allow them more time to establish viable safety protocols for players and staff involved. Despite training camp already set to begin in the coming weeks, the NFL has not provided much clarity on testing guidelines for teams to follow.
Although fans are not allowed at Lambeau Field for Packers Family Night, the event will still be televised. Meanwhile, the team is still hoping to finalize the details for options season-ticket holders have regarding their reservations for this season.
Green Bay’s announcement is one that will likely be followed up by most, if not all, teams planning to host any preseason festivities. The loss of fan attendance at training camp will serve as a precursor to the economic blow the league as a whole is set to take this year.