Patriots wanted more space in Arrowhead Stadium locker room

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NFL teams and coaches continue to wrestle with the question of whether outbreaks have resulted (and/or will result) from flaws in the league’s protocols or failures of execution. Although the evidence trickling out from 345 Park Avenue regarding the Tennessee situation points to a failure of execution in that case, questions linger regarding whether the league’s protocols can prevent outbreaks, even if teams comply to the letter.

Case in point, and as mentioned on Wednesday, locker-room facilities for visiting teams are less than spacious at some stadiums. This makes it difficult if not impossible to keep players far enough apart to remove the dressing/undressing area’s Petri dish quality.

Arrowhead Stadium, for example, is one of the stadiums that has a small locker room for the visiting team. Simms attested to the lack of elbow room during Thursday’s PFT Live, mentioning at one point the possibility of having a teammate’s “butt in your face” while changing.

Take a look at the photo attached to this post. It’s from a 49ers-Chiefs preseason game in 2019, taken in the visiting-team locker room at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Patriots were relegated to that cramped space, which was estimated to be roughly 1,000 square feet, on Monday night. Per a league source, the Patriots asked for more space, and their request was declined.

So the league can claim its protocols work and that any team with an outbreak must not have followed the protocols, but the Patriots had to use a locker room on Monday night that was cramped — and one of the players in the locker room (Stephon Gilmore) tested positive the next day.

Thus, the league’s effort to improve the situation on the fly must (in order to be truly effective) ensure that teams will be able when on the road to dress and undress and re-dress with more than six feet between players. Until that happens, there will be a pathway for those who inevitably will catch the virus away from the team facility to spread the virus to teammates.

8 responses to “Patriots wanted more space in Arrowhead Stadium locker room

  1. Not surprised. Arrowhead is a complete dump. Not only the facilities within the stadium, but the stadium itself as well as the surrounding area.

  2. Well of course visiting locker rooms are less spacious and some you end up very cramped because it was always just looked at gamesmanship.

  3. If the situation was reversed and it was the Chiefs being denied at Gilette, then the league would have already publically commented on it, conducted an investigation, penalized the Pats, and changed some rule.

  4. Matt Chatham, ex Pats LB and exposer of Goodell’s cheating, was talking about this earlier.

    So, not only did they fly NE out there knowing each team had a positive,, they wouldn’t try to be extra safe knowing the locker room looks like a small, walk-in meat freezer?

    Anyone defending Goodell is a fraud and loser of the highest order.

  5. The Chiefs have been a bottom feeder franchise for decades, so not surprised they can’t afford stadium upgrades…

  6. tb12greatest says:
    October 8, 2020 at 4:59 pm
    The Chiefs have been a bottom feeder franchise for decades, so not surprised they can’t afford stadium upgrades…
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    They’ve finished last in their division 7 times in their history (since 1960). Patriots have finished last 9 times during the same span.

  7. touchback6 says:
    October 8, 2020 at 4:59 pm
    Matt Chatham, ex Pats LB and exposer of Goodell’s cheating, was talking about this earlier.

    So, not only did they fly NE out there knowing each team had a positive,, they wouldn’t try to be extra safe knowing the locker room looks like a small, walk-in meat freezer?

    Anyone defending Goodell is a fraud and loser of the highest order.

    @@@@@@@@222

    I think Mr. Goodell is a man of the highest integrity.

  8. They’ve finished last in their division 7 times in their history (since 1960). Patriots have finished last 9 times during the same span.

    That’s the metric to compare the Chiefs va Pats franchises. #joke.

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