Packers president says more than 80% of season ticket holders opted out
The NFL teams continue to suffer blows from the wages of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. One of them is the Green Bay Packers, which is the league’s smallest city and the Packers annually sell out on a season-ticket basis for games at the Lambeau Field.
However, the 2020 season will be different as team president Mark Murphy decided to hold at least the first two games of the season without fans at Lambeau Field. This led to more than 80 percent of Green Bay season-ticket holders to opt-out in the upcoming season:
“The fact that that high a percentage of our fans were not comfortable coming to games was a factor that weighed into my thinking,” Murphy said in an interview posted Saturday on Packers.com.
The franchise has already been endeared to the members of the local community in Green Bay. Fans also play an important role in the Packers’ success in recent years. Despite being limited, it is still certain that the fans will find their own ways to support the team in the upcoming season.
On the field, the team is still headlined by veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers who is now entering his 16th campaign with the Packers. Three-time Pro Bowler Davante Adams and recently-extended nose tackle Kenny Clark complete the supporting cast.
With or without fans, the Packers are still looking to defend their NFC North title against the rest of the division. After falling just one game short of a Super Bowl appearance last season, the players are definitely hungrier to get it done this time around.