New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that MetLife Stadium can welcome fans back at 15 percent capacity starting March 1.
The East Rutherford, N.J., home of the NFL’s New York Giants and Jets holds 82,500 fans, meaning about 12,375 spectators would be allowed to attend.
The Giants and Jets played their 2020 home games without fans due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“As the months go on, we are hopeful that the data will continue to be positive and the number of people allowed into MetLife Stadium will steadily increase,” read a joint statement issued by the Jets and Giants. “The health and safety of our fans, players, staff, and those in our communities remain our top priority and we will continue to follow the guidance of Governor Murphy and state health officials.”
The Giants finished 6-10 and the Jets were 2-14 during the 2020 campaign.
–Field Level Media
The turf at MetLife Stadium met all applicable standards and protocols for NFL field surfaces following an examination involving representatives from the league, the NFL Players Association, the New York Giants and Jets and FieldTurf, multiple media outlets reported on Thursday.
The examination on Wednesday came as a result of San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan and his players expressing concern about the turf following their 31-13 victory over the Jets in Week 2.
The win proved costly for the 49ers (1-1), who saw defensive linemen Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas sustain season-ending ACL tears. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (high-ankle sprain) and running backs Raheem Mostert (MCL sprain) and Tevin Coleman (knee) also exited with injuries.
The 49ers will be back at MetLife Stadium for the second straight week on Sunday (1 p.m. ET) when they visit the Giants (0-2).
“I know that’s as many knee injuries and ankle stuff and people getting caught on the turf as I have ever been a part of,” Shanahan said. “From what I saw, the other team did, too. I know our players talked about it the entire game, just how sticky the turf was. … It was something our guys were concerned about right away and the results definitely made that a lot stronger.”
–Field Level Media