This weekend’s game against the Miami Dolphins will serve as the last time this season that the Denver Broncos will host fans at Empower Field at Mile High.
The Broncos announced Friday that fans will not be allowed to attend their remaining three home games because of the spike in coronavirus cases in the Denver area.
“In consultation with state officials and public health experts, the Denver Broncos have made the decision that Sunday will be the final game played in front of fans at Empower Field at Mile High this season,” the team said in a statement.
“Although we are confident in our strong safety protocols and have no evidence of any COVID-19 transmission traced to our home games, the increase in cases and hospitalizations locally requires us to adjust our future plans. Taking this precaution is consistent with the recent guidelines issued by local officials to limit gatherings with the holiday season approaching.”
“Working in close partnership with the state, the Broncos are fully committed to keeping our community and team safe while doing our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. As we make this difficult decision, we want to recognize the dedication of our guest relations, stadium and part-time staff for safely and successfully hosting fans through our first five home games.”
After Sunday’s game against the visiting Dolphins (6-3), the Broncos (3-6) will host the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 29, the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 20 and the Las Vegas Raiders on Jan. 3.
–Field Level Media
The Seattle Seahawks announced Thursday that their Week 8 clash against the visiting San Francisco 49ers will be held without fans in attendance.
The Seahawks have played their first three home games without fans due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“After careful consideration with public health officials, the Seahawks will continue without fans in attendance for their Week 8 home game vs. the San Francisco 49ers on November 1,” the team announced on its official website.
“The Seahawks have been working closely with public health officials and Governor (Jay) Inslee’s office regarding the safest possible gameday experience, and will continue following their lead on future decisions about gameday. The team will communicate future decisions as quickly as possible.”
The Seahawks, who are off to a 5-0 start, have four more home games remaining this season. They will host the Arizona Cardinals (Nov. 19), the New York Giants (Dec. 6), New York Jets (Dec. 13) and Los Angeles Rams (Dec. 27).
–Field Level Media
The Seattle Seahawks have made the decision to play at least their first three home games without fans due to the coronavirus pandemic, the club announced Wednesday.
The games include their home opener on Sept. 20 in prime time against the New England Patriots, Week 3 against the Dallas Cowboys, and their Week 5 game (Oct. 11) vs. the Minnesota Vikings.
“After careful consideration, we have made the difficult determination to play at least our first three home games (Sept. 20, Sept. 27 and Oct. 11) without fans in attendance,” the Seahawks said in a statement.
“While CenturyLink Field has become the best home field advantage in the league thanks to the energy and passion of the 12s, the health and safety of all of our fans, players and staff remains our top priority. While we are hopeful that conditions will improve as the season moves forward, we will continue to follow the lead of public health and government officials to make future decisions about having fans in attendance.”
The Seahawks’ decision is similar to the Patriots, who have decided to play without fans for at least the month of September, which encompasses two home games.
–Field Level Media