30 teams approved for full crowds in fall, “clear path” for Broncos, Colts

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The NFL’s plan is to have all of its stadiums open at full capacity for the 2021 season and almost all of the stadiums have already been approved to return to that level.

NFL executive vice president Peter O’Reilly said on a call with teams on Tuesday that 30-of-32 teams have been given approval by local authorities to plan for full crowds in the fall. The Broncos and Colts are the only teams that have not been given the green light to move ahead at this point.

O’Reilly said, via Tom Pelissero of NFL Media, that “both have a clear path” to getting that approval in time for the season.  Protocols for fans attending the games, including masking and vaccinations, will be determined by teams in accordance with local guidelines.

With plans also underway for fans to attend training camp practices and preseason games back on the calendar, the 2021 season continues to look like it will play out against a much more normal backdrop than the 2020 campaign.

30 responses to “30 teams approved for full crowds in fall, “clear path” for Broncos, Colts

  1. It’s more important that they allow people to return to work than to football games.

  2. Question is – will fans return at previous levels, or has it become more comfortable to watch the game at home?

  3. This is great news.

    I hope that more and more people continue to get vaccinated and we can get past this horror.

    Football is a SPECTATORS SPORT. It just wasn’t the same with the empty stadiums.

    Teams are going to have to adjust to deal with the crowd noise. Visiting teams won’t be able to adjust the plays as easily.

    Looking forward to a great NFL season.

  4. NFL approved , not government approved, big difference plan on piped in fan noise in LA SF NY BOS, basically any democratic run state.

  5. Attendance will tank at midsession. Local governments, intoxicated with the power that we let them take from us, are going to make fans jump through hoops to go to a game. Just because they can.

  6. I dont know about the full capacity hopes. Politicians have been known to change their minds. Many politicians have been infected with power and dictator dreams die hard.

  7. I hope the teachers union American Federation of Teachers doesn’t get to the NFLPA.

  8. boltdaddy says:
    May 25, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    NFL approved , not government approved, big difference plan on piped in fan noise in LA SF NY BOS, basically any democratic run state.

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    Pure nonsense.

  9. The whole point of wearing masks and getting vaccinated was so that life can go back to normal afterwards. This is a good thing.

  10. Kids can’t to school but we can attend football games. Money clearly overrides politics. Now they just have to correct the “science” to justify the new rules.

  11. Wait, are we still doing the guarantees the season will be canceled last year? BOY OH BOY were they wrong lol haha!!

  12. Hmmmmm watch on my 82 inch Sony or battle with drunken rowdy fans for several hours?

    I won’t miss a home game for anything in 2021!

  13. Right now I wouldn’t attend another NFL game if it were free. And you couldn’t pay me to attend on in a mask.

  14. Another sign of the end to Covid hibernation. Great to see.
    On a side note this ordeal touched everyone in some way. It’s worthy of a new national holiday, part celebration, part remembrance for the lost. IMO

  15. Dont see some of the states giving up the power that easily. I travel alot and its crazy go to one state no mask no social distance no covid go to another extreme lockdown and supposedly alot of covid. I am just glad i live in one of the completely open states.

  16. “Awesome! No more fake crowd noise on the television broadcasts.”

    Except in Seattle. Yea, I said it.

  17. I applaud this not because football stadiums will be full but because possibly the World’s nightmare might actually be ending. I learned pessimism in school in Boston (required course for Red Sox fans) and I can’t bring myself to believe these horrible times are possibly ending. I really want to believe! So many people lost, families and businesses destroyed, and the majority of the World’s people turned into hermits. I hope those in authority know what they are doing!

  18. Brian Rodriquez says:
    May 25, 2021 at 4:20 pm
    It’s more important that they allow people to return to work than to football games.

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    Who hasn’t returned to work?

  19. For outdoor stadiums, masks should not be needed. If you are vaccinated, you really don’t need a mask.

  20. “For outdoor stadiums, masks should not be needed. If you are vaccinated, you really don’t need a mask.”

    Even if you have been vaccinated, you can still breathe in the virus and then spread it to others. Also, wearing a mask helps prevent the spread of other diseases. Look no further than the extreme drop in flu cases over the past year.

    Hopefully people will realize that continuing to wear masks in public constitutes good hygiene and respect for their neighbors. For the life of me, I cannot understand why some people believe that masking is some kind of extreme burden.

  21. In the words of Keyshawn “Throw me the damn ball” and let the crowds enjoy it not carboard cutouts..

  22. Brian Rodriquez says:
    May 25, 2021 at 4:20 pm
    It’s more important that they allow people to return to work than to football games.
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    Like the people who work at the stadiums?

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