Sports fans are waiting with bated breath to see what each of their favorite teams decides to do in terms of allowing fans in the game. NBA fans are not allowed inside the bubble, while at least two college football conferences have canceled their season altogether. However, Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys owner has a different plan for his boys and their fans.
Mandated by Governor Abbott and enforced by protocol, stadiums and large gathering areas are limited to 50% capacity. However, instead of seeing that as something negative, Jones has decided to use the unique ability of his stadium that can seat 100,000 to spread out in-person fans who wish to see the cowboys play, thus adhering to social distancing guidelines and not violating the 50% rule.
Jones also discussed that while the purchase of season tickets for the 2020 football season has been canceled, he does not plan to cancel the season. He says, “The Dallas Cowboys plan on playing football, and we plan on playing in front of our fans,” he told media in the club’s first training camp press conference. “I think it’s important. I think it’s important individually. I think it’s important for the country.
Every fan who attends a Cowboys game will be required to wear a face-covering at all times. Beyond that, Jones has also toyed with the idea of using the pod system to allow safe groups of 15 people or so to sit together. The Cowboys also plan to allow fans to tailgate, however will make mandatory that each car is a minimum of one space away from the next so that fans cannot get too close to one another.
Finally, Jones states that “The people that will be there will be there of their own volition,” Jones said. “… Our fans will be in the stadium because they’ve chosen to be there. As we ourselves have. … I’m confident we have a very educated situation [regarding how to prevent the spread of COVID-19], and that our fans can come and have a great experience.”
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