The New Orleans Saints plan on allowing some fans attend this Sunday’s game
By Bob Garcia
The Saints will run a test to determine if anti-COVID-19 protocols will work for greater game attendance
As the 2020 NFL season progresses and the coronavirus pandemic allows for more space to return to normalcy, football teams are evaluating the possibility of allowing fans into the stadiums since they play an important role in the success of the team. The New Orleans Saints are moving fast on this matter, so, for this weekend’s game against the Green Bay Packers, the team plans to invite 750 family members of players, coaches and staff to attend. But these visitors will be there to help the franchise test health and safety protocols that can be in place to allow actual fans to return to their stadium and support their teams.
According to a statement from the team published yesterday, this testing allows them to make sure they can keep a firm handle on who is attending, so it will be easier to trace issues in case someone who contracted the virus is spotted. The team added that there will be a “strict test” of health screenings, mobile, ticketing, social distancing, and other safety guidelines that can help the current situation. Also, the team confirmed that it will always be required for family members to wear facemasks inside the venue and that they will all sit in the West Plaza sideline.
For Sunday’s game, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will have a few concessions available for customers; however, none of them will serve alcoholic beverages. “I think it’s really exciting, to be honest with you,” said Lina Moses, PhD, who studies disease transmission as an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology for Tulane. They’re adopting standards that are well known and very well established and there is evidence to suggest they work.”