After all those rumors, uncertainty, and countless re-scheduling sessions, the Washington Football team has officially confirmed that they will be playing on the 2020 season draft at their home ground FedExField without fans. The situation took much discussion as a safety protocol of the ream endorsed by local officials and partners in coordination with the State of Maryland and Prince’s County.
As the novel Coronavirus is affecting our lives and works terribly since March, and it is still raging in the US, NFL authority has decided to take enough safety measures to get back to the stadium. One is to arrange the games without audiences. Sounds weird, but yes, it’s coming!
“We are fortunate to host the best fans in the NFL year after year, but the wellbeing of those supporters, along with that of our players, coaches, and every member of our gameday staff is simply too valuable. The current knowledge of COVID-19 too unpredictable to welcome our fan base to FedExField to start the season”- Dan Snyder, the owner of the Washington team, said in a statement.
Dan also felt quite heavy to have a match without audiences. “We were the first team in the league to recall our scouts and other personnel from the field back in mid-March and have been monitoring this evolving situation ever since. This decision was not an easy one, but after several discussions with federal, state, and local officials – along with input from some of the nation’s foremost medical experts, based right here in the nation’s capital – we are confident that it is the right one. We are working to find ways to make our fans’ presence felt in new and innovative ideas for 2020 and can’t wait to welcome the community through the gates as soon as it’s safe.”
But the decision will be under consideration in the further matches, and if the situation gets slightly better, the authority might change it rapidly.
The team has also announced to refund the ticket price to the audiences. But fans and followers can keep themselves updated virtually through the official NFL site or the individual team sites. A new scenario to the world, and who knows, we might get used to this till this pandemic ends!