NFL releases 2020 schedule with the Chiefs who will open the Texans on September 10 – but stadiums could be more than half empty if the corona virus crisis continues
- Kansas City Chiefs will host the Houston Texans in the 2020 NFL season opener, scheduled for September 10
- The League has a fixed season of sixteen games scheduled, but Commissioner Roger Goodell says ‘willing to make adjustments’
- All teams have implemented a full cardholder refund policy if matches are canceled or fans are not allowed to participate
- The New York Jets have announced they will not sell single-game tickets, and the President of Miami Dolphins says Hard Rock Stadium could be 75 percent empty
- Here’s how you can help people affected by Covid-19
The NFL has revealed its 2020 schedule, with the season starting Thursday, September 10 in Kansas City.
Defending Super Bowl champions Kansas City Chiefs will host the Houston Texans for the opener, which will be played at Arrowhead Stadium.
The NFL has scheduled a regular 16-game season despite the developing coronavirus pandemic, with Super Bowl on February 7, 2021 in Tampa, Florida.
However, League Commissioner Roger Goodell has warned that he is “willing to make adjustments where necessary” should the COVID-19 pandemic extend to the latter part of the year.
“The release of the NFL schedule is something our fans are eagerly looking forward to every year as they look forward to the coming season with hope and optimism,” he said.
The NFL has revealed its 2020 schedule, with the season starting Thursday, September 10 in Kansas City. Defending Super Bowl champions Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans to the opener, which is played at Arrowhead Stadium. Pictured left: Texan wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Right: Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes
League Commissioner Roger Goodell has warned that he is “willing to make adjustments where necessary” should the COVID-19 pandemic extend to the latter part of the year
‘To prepare to play the season on schedule, we will continue to make our decisions based on the latest medical and public health advice, in accordance with government regulations and with appropriate safety protocols to ensure the health of our fans, players, club and league staff and our communities. ‘
“We will be willing to make adjustments where necessary, as we have during this offseason to safely and efficiently perform key activities such as free agency, the off-season virtual concept and the 2020 NFL Draft.”
Pending such changes, the NFL has also drawn up a refund plan for tickets.
A memo that Goodell sent to all 32 teams on Tuesday outlines a baseline for refunds on all tickets purchased directly from the clubs.
If a match is canceled or played under conditions that prevent fans from participating, anyone purchasing a ticket directly from the club (ie subscriptions, group sales and / or partial season plans) will have the option of either getting a full refund or the amount was paid for a future ticket purchase directly from the club, ”Goodell wrote.
Fans will be packed at the Hard Rock Stadium for Super Bowl LIV in February. Scenes like this are unlikely in this
Ticketmaster and SeatGeek have also pledged to follow the same full refund policy.
Meanwhile, The New York Times released a report on Thursday claiming that NFL teams are preparing for games with fewer fans due to the coronavirus crisis.
The New York Jets will not sell single-game tickets because of the pandemic, claiming that this is the “most sensible” thing to do.
Elswhere, Tom Garfinkel, president of Miami Dolphins, says the Hard Rock Stadium can only be filled for 25 percent of its capacity.
“We would have times to get in at different gates for security so people would be separated when they enter the stadium,” he told Good Morning America earlier.
“We would leave the stadium as an ecclesiastical environment, where every row would end up, so that people wouldn’t all go out in a herd at the same time.”
Crowded stadiums like this are unlikely to be seen this season. Tom Garfinkel, president of Miami Dolphins, says the Hard Rock Stadium can only be filled for 25 percent of its capacity