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XFL’s Seattle Dragons will play a game without fans

XFL, Seattle Dragons

On Wednesday, the Golden State Warriors announced that their Thursday night game against the Brooklyn Nets will be played without fans in attendance in response to the spread of the coronavirus. That procedure has now moved on to football.

The XFL announced this afternoon that Sunday’s game between the Seattle Dragons and the L.A. Wildcats will be played without fans.

Washington governor Jay Inslee called for a ban on gatherings of more than 250 people on Wednesday, and the XFL seems to be taking that to heart.

Considering the Dragons brought in over 20,000 fans for each of their first two home games this season, the limit of 250 will be difficult when you add in all the players, coaching staff, medical staff, and media that will need to play there.

Inslee’s statement and the XFL’s decision especially makes sense for the Dragons as Washington state has the country’s highest number of coronavirus cases. According to the New York Times, Washington has 333 confirmed cases of the virus (over 100 more than any other state) and 29 deaths.

For the country as a whole, the virus has affected 41 states, and the number of cases is approximately 1,190. Worldwide, that number has surpassed 126,000, claiming the lives of at least 4,600 people.

While the Dragons will be the first XFL team to play a game without fans, they’re likely not the last. On Wednesday, the NCAA announced that men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournament will be played without fans in attendance.