No fans for Jets or Giants games this year

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has told the Jets and the Giants he would not make an exception for his statewide limit of 500 people at outdoor gatherings — meaning  they’ll have to play without fans this season.

According to Steve Politi of, the Governor made the decision in conjunction with the teams involved.

“My Administration has been working in close coordination with professional sports and college teams to determine how to proceed safely with games at their stadiums amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” Murphy said in a statement obtained “While we look forward to the day we can return to games as normal and cheer from the stands, continued concerns for the health and safety of fans, team members, and staff dictate that our executive order limiting outdoor gatherings does apply to sporting events, including training camp.

“We will continue to closely monitor the public health reality and work with health experts to determine how to move forward, and we will continue to work closely with the teams as conditions change. Like all fans across New Jersey, I look forward to watching our teams play from home and plan to be there in person to support the teams when it is safe to do so.”

The limit will also apply to Rutgers football (though it will be far easier to enforce there).

The Jets and Giants are set to report for training camp beginning this week, and the NFL has already declared there will be no fans at camp.

“We support Gov. Murphy’s decision in the interest of public health and safety and, until circumstances change, both the Jets and Giants will play our games without the benefit of fans in attendance,” the NFL teams said in a joint statement. “Although we would prefer to have fans at MetLife Stadium for our games, we will continue to work with Gov. Murphy’s office and will provide updates if necessary.”

32 responses to “No fans for Jets or Giants games this year

  1. This is the most welcome news I’ve heard in a long time.

    Hopefully California will follow suit.

    And then the rest of the league will fall like dominoes.

    Just say NO, everyone!

  2. No fans also means the season WILL BE PLAYED. No fans increases the chances of a full season actually.

    Try to keep up little one.👌

  3. All these stadiums want to feel what the Chargers have been dealing with for years….EMPTINESS

  4. djrando7 says:

    July 20, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    All these stadiums want to feel what the Chargers have been dealing with for years….EMPTINESS
    I assume then that you are not counting the fans cheering for the “visiting” team, because from what I could see on TV they were usually packing the house.

  5. Can we just run a Madden simulation for the 2020-21 season already and crown a champ? This drip-by-drip slo-mo cancellation of the season is torture.

  6. dogman9 says:
    July 20, 2020 at 4:01 pm
    Over the last 3 seasons the Jets are 16-32, but the Giants are just 12-36.

    So the Jets are slightly less dreadful than the Giants. Got it.

  7. This is going to be hilarious. Blank camera shots in the stands with no noise.

  8. all teams will have no fans. thats a given. Digital noise and digital crowds for tv sets

  9. I suspect no fans will be the norm in most NFL cities this season. They should allow piped-in crowd noise to maintain the home-field advantage. Crank it up to average decibel levels for TDs and also on third downs when the visitors have the ball.

  10. I can’t wait to see a QB flap his arms as if to tell the non-existent crowd to “quiet down”

  11. The comments about the Jets having no fans is pretty ridiculous. About 40% of football fans in the largest metro area of the country are Jets fans which is a higher overall number than 100% of the fans in many NFL cities.

  12. What does the NFL do if some teams allow fans at home games(albeit a reduced number) and others don’t allow any?

  13. So the piped in noise will join all those phony laugh tracks from sit-coms.

  14. And yet another nail in the coffin of the cap going up anytime in the near future!
    The cap sinking like a rock will be more intertaining to watch than the games will be!

    How do we keep player M, how do we keep player J, do we cut player H, gonna’ be FUN!

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