Troy Vincent: NFL still planning for full stadiums

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Summer unofficially has begun. Days after summer unofficially ends, the NFL season officially begins. The league remains determined to play all 256 regular-season games. And, for now, to do so in full stadiums.

“We are planning to have full stadiums until the medical community tells us otherwise,” NFL executive V.P. of football operations Troy Vincent told Brian Mitchell Friday on The Team 980, via NBC Sports Washington. “Now, remember when we’re talking — we’re talking about September, August, September. So there’s a lot that can happen here. So we’re planning for full stadiums.”

This public statement meshes with what we’ve been hearing privately for weeks, that the league believes circumstances will change sufficiently by September to allow both for games to proceed and for fans to attend them. From advances in diagnostic testing to advances in antigen testing to a better understanding of what it means to test positive for coronavirus antibodies, it’s entirely possible that anyone who chooses to show up for games will be permitted to do so.

This doesn’t mean the plans are set in stone.

“We also know that we have to plan for half stadiums,” Vincent said. “Three-quarters. So we’re planning for all of these different scenarios. But first and foremost, we’re making every effort, working with the medical community, if we can have those stadiums with all people until they tell us otherwise when that time comes, that’s our plan. That’s our plan of action.”

With $5.5 billion hinging on stadiums being occupied, it makes sense. And with the national mood swinging away from extreme measures to control the spread of the virus and toward allowing individuals to assume the risk of catching (and disseminating) the virus while also stoking the economy, it’s a scenario that in just a few weeks has gone from being inconceivable to plausible.

So, yes, the plan is to play the games and to allow people to fill stadiums to watch them. Although the weeks will fly by quickly from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the medical advances quietly but surely happening out of view will quite possibly allow football season to proceed as normal, even at a time when things don’t still don’t feel anything close to normal.

22 responses to “Troy Vincent: NFL still planning for full stadiums

  1. Unfortunately there’s not going to be a 2020 football season especially with the second wave of this virus do in early fall, it’s time for everyone to accept reality and stop pretending.

  2. After all, they don’t want to miss a chance to ripoff their fans $50 for parking and $20 for a beer.

  3. “So, yes, the plan is to play the games and to allow people to fill stadia to watch them.”

    Mike, please note: there’s NOT going to be full stadiums.

    Perhaps by 11/1/20 games will start in empty stadia.

  4. Umm, the medical community is saying it’s a miracle if a vaccine hits by December and we have slimebucket Vincent running around telling everyone they are listening to the medical community, while he thinks a vaccine will be available by Sept to fill stadiums, allow them to be “three quarters full” or half full.

    Oh, Troy, isn’t that cute.

  5. I’m not taking any vaccines. Y’all enjoy yourselves injecting yourselves with G-D knows what.

  6. MortimerInMiami says:
    May 23, 2020 at 9:30 pm
    Unfortunately there’s not going to be a 2020 football season especially with the second wave of this virus do in early fall, it’s time for everyone to accept reality and stop pretending.

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    Oh cut it out. The world didn’t end despite endless models telling us that 80% of us would be pushing up daisies by now. Things are settling down in states not named New York. You can stay in your bunker, the rest of us will get out and live.

  7. While I don’t know if there will be fans, it is pretty sad so many people are rooting for America to fail.

    For people who think we can’t do anything without a vaccine, get over it. There most likely will never be one. Effective treatment, yes, vaccine no.

    So we need to adapt and get on with life, which also means playing sports.

  8. Game 1 has been a long way off since this thing started. Sept was always going to be different then April. Especially in the area of the public’s understanding of the virus.
    People will still get it, but we will also understand our personal risk and the risk to those around us. I expect enough will feel comfortable to fill stadiums.

    Teams should allow season ticket holders with sufficient concerns to skip the season without losing their right to future seasons.

  9. randomcommenter says:
    May 23, 2020 at 10:24 pm
    as long as games aren’t played in nursing homes, it should be OK

    Bingo! Especially in NY/NJ nursing homes where folks were “dying” from Corona. Yeah sure.

  10. Every place reopening the fastest is already seeing spikes. Two hair dressers who were asymptomatic in Missouri for example, infected 140+ people last week

    A handful of people walking around a packed stadium could infect hundreds.

    But yeah, the billionaires will only gross 9.9 billion this year instead of 15.4 billion so go right ahead and get your fans sick. They’ll hide behind lawyers and claims the fans knew very well they could be infected and have no liability as a result.

  11. Well when some poor, innocent, helpless, fan contracts The VIRUS!!! at an NFL stadium and dies, it’s important we remember “With $5.5 billion hinging on stadiums being occupied, it makes sense.”

  12. The amount of sheeple is finally going down but there’s still a ways to go.

  13. Let’s hope so. “It’s time to dance with the pandemic than to fear it”. We’ll be tailgating and in our seats for game 1 if they’ll let us.

  14. The only thing I have ever cheered from Troy Vincent… Let everyone who wants to be out out! Anyone who wants to stay in stay in. The human race is still here after numerous pandemics but the “EXPERTS” have doomed us.

  15. 1 in 17 Americans who tested positive for covid 19 have died. So basically the nfl has 1700 players and if they all get it, 100 players will die. Take into consideration the league is 70% African American, the numbers could be much worse since African Americans are affected much more adversely then any other race.

    Soon as the first big star dies, it will be shut down for a year at least, Joe Smoe the long snapper probably business as usual, or we are taking more precautions.

  16. Vikings fans are no doubt excited to once again fill up Pilgrims Pride field.

  17. @ cardinalsfan2o says:
    May 24, 2020 at 9:36 am
    Well when some poor, innocent, helpless, fan contracts The VIRUS!!! at an NFL stadium and dies, it’s important we remember “With $5.5 billion hinging on stadiums being occupied, it makes sense.”

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    That is aS big of a victim mentality as I’ve ever seen. You are neither innocent, nor helpless. Is the NFL holding a gun to the fans head, and forcing them to go to the game? Oh. No, they aren’t. It’s a personal decision. Attending a game is a personal choice. But you want to remove all liability from the fan lol. Hilarious.

  18. Troy Vincent: NFL still planning for full stadiums
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    The Browns and Bengals better look for another place to play then because here they just announced “social distancing orders” will remain in effect until at least November.

    BTW is there any studies that say social distancing actually works? I know there are plenty of studies coming out now that say these particulate and surgical masks(the type sold in home improvement stores, etc) are nearly worthless at stopping COVID-19, but that hasn’t stopped any of these governors or the media from telling people they need to use them, they must have stock in the companies that makes these masks. The respirator type masks with the letter class of N, R or P and a numeral class of 95, 99 or 100 ARE effective against COVID-19, so all of you that think those cheap particulate/surgical masks you’re wearing actually do anything to stop COVID-19, well think again!

    BTW if you do wear these cheap surgial and respirator type masks they are supposed to be changed every 3-8hrs depending on enviroment and disgarded, not reused! And don’t leave them laying around, especially on your countertops.

    “But a surgical mask does not protect against “airborne” infectious agents so it will not prevent the wearer from being potentially contaminated by a virus such as the Coronavirus”. Taken from Medical Expo E-mag

  19. Give fans these masks that allow you to drink with them on. I don’t know what you’re going to do about nachos.

    Concede concessions?

    Hmm, bathrooms, especially at half time. Hold it? Not with concessions.

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