KANSAS CITY, Mo. (News Nation/FOX4KC) — The Kansas City Chiefs have announced that games played at Arrowhead Stadium during the 2020-21 NFL season will have limited-capacity seating amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Season ticket holders will be allowed into the stadium to watch the games, according to a team statement, with access to all the games. As the seating is reconfigured, holders will have the opportunity to opt-in or receive a refund.
Single-game ticket sales will likely only be available “for the preseason and the first few games of the regular season,” according to the statement.
The Chiefs said plans may change as more guidance comes from health officials.
“While our goal all offseason was to have a full stadium as we begin our Super Bowl title defense, it is out of consideration of the health and safety of our fans, employees, coaches and players that we move forward with a reduced-capacity plan that adheres to local guidelines and expert recommendations,” Chiefs President Mark Donovan said.
However, the team’s move to allow in-person fans is less restrictive than other professional sports so far.
Major League Soccer was among the first to announce a return to play. Teams will compete in a tournament in Orlando to compete in a single, controlled environment at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Fans will not be allowed to attend.
Major League Baseball is also set to return with a 60-game season, starting in late July. Fans won’t be allowed in stadiums, but the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox have announced plans to put cutouts of fans in the stands during home games.
News Nation affiliate WGN-TV reported Chicago will allow rooftops around Wrigley Field to have fans for Cubs games at 25% capacity.