Steelers optimistic season will be played on schedule, with fans in stands

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The NFL is continuing to move forward with plans to play the full season on schedule with fans in the stadiums, and the Steelers say they’re optimistic it can be done.

The Steelers said on Monday that they think they can comply with local health officials’ recommendations while playing the season with fans at Heinz Field.

“We will continue to work with health officials around the state while following the proper protocols and guidelines by the CDC when preparing Heinz Field for the 2020 season,” the Steelers said in a statement to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “At this time, we remain optimistic we will play our home games as scheduled in front of our fans with the understanding that we will follow the NFL and government regulations to maintain the safety of our fans, players and staff.”

Although the league has decided not to allow any fans in the first six to eight rows of any stadium, there have otherwise been no restrictions announced about how many fans can attend games and how far apart they must remain. It seems likely that some limits will be placed on attendance to promote social distancing, but at the moment, teams are plowing ahead with the idea that they’ll be able to make it work.

32 responses to “Steelers optimistic season will be played on schedule, with fans in stands

  1. Pa will be back in lock down mode by the beginning of September as the surge spreads from the South to the North, football , um no, Just no!

  2. The NFL season will be played. That is 100% fact.

    I am 100% ok with the season being played and have said all along that it will indeed be played.

    I do not agree with having fans in the stands until a effective vaccine is readily available to all people.

    Trust me, I want fans(including myself) to be allowed in the stands as much as anyone, but this NFL season is not the time for it to be done safely. Too many people are still not taking this virus seriously and thus all of us have to suffer. That is the reality right now. We can’t safely be in the stand around these imbeciles.

    We will be getting the NBA and MLB back here shortly. They will be concluding their seasons with no fans in the stands because that is the safest way to do it.

    Enjoy the 2020 NFL season on TV and celebrate the fact you can do so safely.

    #The2020NFLSeasonIsAGo!

  3. The COVID-19 infection and death toll numbers are going through the roof. We have zero national leadership or progress toward a health resolution from the White House. Football is a contact sport, and there’s a lot of spitting, foaming, yelling, and all sorts of ways to spread the disease. If there’s a season this fall, people are going to die. And if the NFL persists in playing, there will be massive lawsuits. Wait and see.

  4. There will be 20,000 + Steelers fans, in Cleveland, IN Cincinnati, In Tennessee, In Dallas and in Jacksomville!

  5. The Steelers are delusional and everyone seems to have an issue with understanding exponential growth

  6. This is as stupid an idea as opening the states back up. If we keep allowing people to go around other people and police themselves, this will never end. But everyone chooses finances over health so we are truly all doomed. Sad, but very very true. People have always, and will always be the ruination of mankind.

  7. Allegheny County just shut down all bars. It’s not looking good for Pittsburgh. Non-Starter conversation here.

  8. I love how the nfl thinks they are impervious to this virus. It’s comical. I won’t be watching either way, but it is funny seeing statements like this.

  9. Delusional! Not only don’t the TeWibleTowels help to win games, but they also don’t help clean stadiums.

  10. 1000 years from now they’ll get to look back on these, our “brave gladiators”….

  11. I admire their optimism. I also know they’re secretly preparing for games without fans, but still I admire their optimism.

    I’m not sure what the PFT readership is all about, weird to see all these commenters that seem to not want football played at all. I see that as only a remote possibility at this point. We have lots of time to work this out still, and plenty of money to throw at the problem.

  12. I wonder how they will handle it when 15-20 players get infected on a half dozen or more teams in the league. So much for competitive balance.

  13. No one cares what cheating Pitt thinks.

    100k fine and no picks stolen for Tomlin’s atrocious tactic and his bounty program exposed and nothing done by Goodell.

    Pay attention how Goodell cheats. It’s not hard to figure out at this point.

  14. v2787 says:
    June 30, 2020 at 11:48 am
    The COVID-19 infection and death toll numbers are going through the roof. We have zero national leadership or progress toward a health resolution from the White House. Football is a contact sport, and there’s a lot of spitting, foaming, yelling, and all sorts of ways to spread the disease. If there’s a season this fall, people are going to die. And if the NFL persists in playing, there will be massive lawsuits. Wait and see.

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    Wrong. The cases are up (especially among those under 30), but the death toll for the entire country is between 200 – 325/day. Do some research.

  15. freefromwhatyouare says:
    “..The NFL season will be played. That is 100% fact…”

    I’m not sure what to say about that statement except “Welcome, and is this your first visit to our planet?”

  16. One of the primary contributing conditions is obesity. How many Olinemen and Dlinemen fall into the obese category even though there’s lots of muscle under the fat?

    The first time one of those guys is killed by covid, or gets put into a forced coma with a ventilator down his throat I don’t think you’ll see any more football played until there’s either a vaccine, an effective therapeutic treatment for those who are seriously ill, or both.

  17. covidiots says:
    June 30, 2020 at 3:29 pm
    One of the primary contributing conditions is obesity. How many Olinemen and Dlinemen fall into the obese category even though there’s lots of muscle under the fat?

    The first time one of those guys is killed by covid, or gets put into a forced coma with a ventilator down his throat I don’t think you’ll see any more football played until there’s either a vaccine, an effective therapeutic treatment for those who are seriously ill, or both.

    3 0 Rate This

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    Plus, the lawsuits.

    It could bankrupt the league if they all come at once.

  18. hback6 says:
    June 30, 2020 at 3:09 pm
    No one cares what cheating Pitt thinks.

    100k fine and no picks stolen for Tomlin’s atrocious tactic and his bounty program exposed and nothing done by Goodell.

    Pay attention how Goodell cheats. It’s not hard to figure out at this point.

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    Glass houses my friend. Glass houses.

  19. We are not going to play football or any other sport as long as stupid people ignore math and science and continue to put us all in jeopardy.

  20. ravenschick says:
    June 30, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    v2787 says:
    June 30, 2020 at 11:48 am
    The COVID-19 infection and death toll numbers are going through the roof. We have zero national leadership or progress toward a health resolution from the White House. Football is a contact sport, and there’s a lot of spitting, foaming, yelling, and all sorts of ways to spread the disease. If there’s a season this fall, people are going to die. And if the NFL persists in playing, there will be massive lawsuits. Wait and see.

    ——–

    Wrong. The cases are up (especially among those under 30), but the death toll for the entire country is between 200 – 325/day. Do some research.

    —–
    I did. And your numbers are fiction. The last time there were 200 or fewer deaths in the US was back on March 24th. In the last week, here are the numbers:

    6/24 – 867 U.S. COVID-19 deaths
    6/25 – 741
    6/26 – 2,447
    6/27 – 913
    6/28 – 398
    6/29 – 314
    6/30 – 503 (Partial numbers as of 4:28PM EDT)

    That’s an average of 883/day, or 235% higher than the high end of your erroneously stated range. The numbers from the previous seven day period averaged 616/day. That means the past week there has been a 43% increase over the previous week. That varies substantially from your claim. But even that misses the big picture. New cases are WAY up in the past few day. One could argue correctly that most of those are younger people who are less likely to die or need hospitalization. But again, that just shows an ignorance of how this virus spreads. The young people getting this aren’t the fire. They’re the gasoline. The people they come into contact from more immunocomprimised age and health demographics are where this explodes. And that’s what lies ahead in the next weeks to a month even if we shut everything down now. Texas, Florida and Arizona are skyrocketing. But those states are far from alone in seeing significant spikes. People like you who spout ignorance claiming it as fact just blow oxygen on the flames.

  21. parkercantlose says:
    June 30, 2020 at 12:45 pm
    This is as stupid an idea as opening the states back up. If we keep allowing people to go around other people and police themselves, this will never end. But everyone chooses finances over health so we are truly all doomed. Sad, but very very true. People have always, and will always be the ruination of mankind.

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    Can you pay my mortgage and health insurance ? If so I’ll gladly stay home. I have to work for a living like millions of others or my azz is out on the street.

  22. ForWhomTheBellTrolls says:
    June 30, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    parkercantlose says:
    June 30, 2020 at 12:45 pm
    This is as stupid an idea as opening the states back up. If we keep allowing people to go around other people and police themselves, this will never end. But everyone chooses finances over health so we are truly all doomed. Sad, but very very true. People have always, and will always be the ruination of mankind.

    ——

    Can you pay my mortgage and health insurance ? If so I’ll gladly stay home. I have to work for a living like millions of others or my azz is out on the street.

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    Off the top of my head, I could think of 127,000 people who, were it an option would gladly trade positions with you. They can’t of course. They are dead. 127,000 people, dead. For perspective, that’s more Americans dead from COVID-19 just over three months than died in combat in the Korean, Viet Nam, Iraq1/Iraq2 and Afghanistan wars. Combined. That’s more Americans dead in three months of this virus than in over 30 years of combat. This isn’t like the flu, SARS, MERSA, or anything that has been seen in this country in any of our lifetimes. None have involved numbers like this. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. By the time this is done we’ll likely see – at minimum – a few hundred thousand more Americans die from this.

    I feel for you, and for everyone that’s struggling with this in one way or another. I really do. This is a giant sucktastic adventure. But most of all, I have empathy for those who have died, those who have lost loved ones, and the many, many more who will.

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