Seattle Dragons will play Sunday's XFL game in an empty stadium

Mar 11 2020, 10:14 pm

Sunday’s XFL game between the Seattle Dragons and the Los Angeles Wildcats will take place in front of an empty audience.

Governor Jay Inslee has officially imposed a restriction on large gatherings in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties, the latest in a series of distancing measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to avoid a total shutdown as seen in Italy and China.

These restrictions will affect parades and concerts in the city, as well as sporting events, including the Seattle Dragons, as the XFL team was set to play two home games this month on March 15 and 22.

With the new restriction in place until midnight on March 31, the Seattle Dragons have decided to continue Sunday’s game as scheduled at CenturyLink Field without fans in the venue. Those looking to catch the live game can do so on ESPN2 as scheduled.

As for the home game on April 11, the Dragons have not made alternative plans. “We do not, yet, have information to share about the game on April 11… The Governor’s proclamation extends out only 30 days,” the Dragons announced on their game-day information page.

Season ticket holders will have until Saturday, March 14 to decide if they’d like to receive a full refund or credit toward a Dragons’ game during the 2021 XFL season. Those who’d purchased single-game tickets will be refunded at their place of purchase.

Other sports teams in Seattle have also had to change their plans due to the new event restriction.

Seattle Sounders FC will be postponing their March 21 home match against FC Dallas and “will continue following the guidelines set forth by our public health authorities and government agencies.”

The Seattle Mariners are working with the Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner to come up with alternative plans for the scheduled games at T-Mobile Park.

Alyssa TherrienAlyssa Therrien

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