The Minnesota Vikings Announced No Fans In The Stadium For First Two Home Games
The Minnesota Vikings announced his morning to confirm that the first two home games at U.S. Bank stadium will be closed to the public due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Discussions were held with representatives from the NFL, the State of Minnesota, and the city of Minneapolis.
The first 2 home games at US Bank Stadium are Sept 13 against the Green Bay Packers and September 27 against the Tennessee Titans. The team had discussed how they possibly could have a limited number of fans in the stadium, but did not want to risk the public's health.
According to Bring Me The News the Vikings released the following statement:
Based on our conversations and the current Minnesota Department of Health guidelines that specify an indoor venue capacity of 250, we have determined it is not the right time to welcome fans back to U.S. Bank Stadium
Head Coach Mike Zimmer did say that some teams were allowing fans in the stadium and said "It really stinks that we won't have fans in the stands because they are unbelievable and really get the place rocking!"
My question is are teams with outdoor stadiums going to allow fans in the stadium with some type of social distancing? I think that would be awfully hard to manage with a lot of empty seats some people tend to jump around in different seats to get closer to the field etc. But I guess we will just have to wait and see as we watch the games on t.v.
With no pre-season games this year both teams will have to play tough right out of the gate, but fortunately all the teams are in the same boat with that. Here is a list of all the Vikings home games this year:
- Sept. 13: Packers
- Sept. 27: Titans
- Oct. 18: Falcons
- Nov. 8: Lions
- Nov. 22: Cowboys
- Nov. 29: Panthers
- Dec. 6: Jaguars
- Dec. 20: Bears