Jaguars only planning on filling a quarter of their stadium this season.
Over the last few days, several NFL teams have started to iron out policies for attendance considering that coronavirus might prevent them from packing the house, and the Jacksonville Jaguars joined in with them. Even with the surge in infections in the state of Florida, owner Shahid Khan thinks that fans will be able to go to games later this year.
Per Adam Schefter, Jacksonville will welcome fans in the stands, if allowed to by the league, but they will only be able to fill up TIAA Bank Field to 25 percent capacity, meaning that just under 17,000 fans can watch Gardner Minshew and the Jaguars.
The Jaguars still think some fans will be willing to attend NFL games this fall.
So, in other words, it’ll be a standard Jaguars game? The team might have found it hard to woo fans considering how they are considered one of the favorites to secure the No. 1 overall pick, and the recent national health crisis might make playing the game in a full stadium impossible.
Several other NFL teams have already started to plan for a season that will likely take place in empty stadiums. The Baltimore Ravens are expecting just a touch under 14,000 at their home games this year, while the Kansas City Chiefs already created a reduced fan policy coupled with adjustments for season ticket holders. This seems like the right move for the moment, as making a blanket statement could be seen as incredibly hasty given how this is still a fluid situation.
Playing in front of fans might not be the safest option in the world, especially in a state that is seeing coronavirus cases rocket skyward of late, but Khan and the Jaguars seem to be banking on the idea that by the time football season rolls around, the virus might be a bit more under control.