Packers news: Lambeau Field will not host fans for first two home games
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Lambeau Field will not accommodate fans for Packers’ first two home games

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The Green Bay Packers will not have fans in the seats for the first two home games of the 2020 season, the team announced Thursday afternoon.

The Packers open the 2020 season in Minnesota against the Vikings before taking on the Detroit Lions in Green Bay on Sept. 20. They then hit the road again before returning to Lambeau Field for a Monday Night Football showdown against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4.

Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy said the team remains hopeful it can host fans later in the year, though he made no guarantees due to concerns over COVID-19 (via the team’s website):

“Lambeau Field will not be the same without our fans’ energetic support in the stands,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. “Given the extraordinary circumstances this year and the additional protocols in place, though, we determined it was best to take incremental steps to start the regular season. These two games will allow us to focus our attention on safely conducting games inside the stadium with all necessary participants.

“We are hopeful that we will be able to host fans for games later in the season, should conditions allow. We will continue to consult with community healthcare and public health officials on the pandemic conditions in our area. We ask our fans to continue to help by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing guidelines.”

It seems unlikely the Packers will be in the minority insofar as fan attendance is concerned.

In fact, Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis said Tuesday the team would play its inaugural season at Allegiant Stadium without fans.

The NFL is optimistic it can conduct a safe and successful season in 2020. Whether fans will be permitted to attend games or not remains to be seen.