The Green Bay Packers announced Thursday that they will not allow fans into Lambeau Field for their first two home games of the 2020 NFL season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision means the stadium will remain empty in Week 2 against the NFC North rival Detroit Lions and Week 4 versus the Atlanta Falcons
Packers President Mark Murphy said in a statement: “Lambeau Field will not be the same without our fans’ energetic support in the stands. Given the extraordinary circumstances this year and the additional protocols in place, though, we determined it was best to take incremental steps to start the regular season. These two games will allow us to focus our attention on safely conducting games inside the stadium with all necessary participants.
“We are hopeful that we will be able to host fans for games later in the season, should conditions allow. We will continue to consult with community healthcare and public health officials on the pandemic conditions in our area. We ask our fans to continue to help by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing guidelines.”
The Packers’ first potential home game with fans in attendance at Lambeau will be Nov. 1 against the Minnesota Vikings.
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