Seattle Seahawks announce they'll play without fans for next two home games

Nov 23 2020, 5:32 pm

The Seattle Seahawks will be without their boisterous fans for at least the next two home games.

The team said that high COVID-19 case counts will prevent them from hosting fans on December 6 against the New York Giants and December 13 against the New York Jets. The Washington State Department of Health reported 1,717 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. A total of 2,738 people have died due to the coronavirus in the state since the beginning of the pandemic.

“Due to the current case counts of COVID-19 in our state, we will continue playing without fans in attendance at our home games on Dec. 6 (vs. N.Y. Giants) and Dec. 13 (vs. N.Y. Jets),” the Seahawks said in a statement. “We are continuing to work closely with local public health and government officials and are committed to following their lead to keep our community safe. We will keep fans informed as decisions are made for our Dec. 27 home game and beyond. We continue to urge all fans to remain vigilant with physical distancing, mask wearing and following all local guidelines.”

A total of 20 of the NFL’s 32 teams have hosted games with fans in attendance, at limited capacity. The Seahawks are among the teams that have had games completely closed off to the public.

At this time, no decision has been made with regards to allowing fans at the December 27 home game against the LA Rams, or any potential playoff games after that at the newly renamed Lumen Field.

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