No Fans in attendance for Eagles home games until 2021
The city of Philadelphia has cancelled all large public events until February 2021.
Today, Philadelphia Department of Health commissioner Thomas Farley and Philadelphia managing director Brian Abernathy were fairly certain that stands will be empty at the Linc come Fall.
“I do think that games can be played with the kind of safety precautions that they’re proposing. I do not think that they can have spectators at those games. There’s no way for them to be safe having a crowd there,” Farley said. “I can’t say what the plans are for the league, but from a safety perspective, they can play games but not [have] crowds. The Eagles are still going to be allowed to play, although without crowds. The Phillies will continue to be allowed to play, although without crowds,” Managing Director Brian Abernathy said. Abernathy said NFL guidelines also “remind teams that local authorities have the ability to ban fans, so I don’t expect any issues. We have been in communication with the Eagles. We have told them our expectations are that they don’t have fans,” Albernathy said.
This is a huge loss in revenue for the Eagles, as they were in the Top 10 for stadium revenue (Tied for 8th – $204 million). Obviously it sucks for fans too. Trust me, I’m a season ticket guy who’s down there at the crack of dawn in an Eagles RV. This is brutal to come to grips with, but it is what it is.
This is all very confusing but of course, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Unless there’s a drastic change in the pandemic, we’ll all be watching Eagles games from home.
Worth noting – this is a Philadelphia based restriction and does not necessarily mean that road games won’t be played in front of fans.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: We’ll just have to wait and see.