LANDOVER, Md. (WJZ) —The Washington Football Team announced Wednesday that due to the ongoing circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, they will not be allowing fans to attend games at FedEx Field during the 2020 season. The organization says that it had been working with Maryland and Prince George’s County health officials on a health and safety plan but, out of an abundance of caution, decided against allowing fans to attend.
“We are fortunate to host the best fans in the NFL year after year, but the well-being of those supporters, along with that of our players, coaches and each and every member of our gameday staff is simply too important, and the current knowledge of COVID-19 too unpredictable, to welcome our fan base to FedExField to start the season,” said Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder in a statement. “We were the first team in the league to recall our scouts and other personnel from the field back in mid-March and have been monitoring this evolving situation ever since. This decision was not an easy one, but after several discussions with federal, state and local officials – along with input from some of the nation’s foremost medical experts, based right here in the nation’s capital – we are confident that it is the right one. We are working to find ways to make our fans’ presence felt in new and innovative ways for 2020 and can’t wait to welcome the community through the gates as soon as it’s safe.”
The organization says the decision will be re-evaluated if the situation surrounding the pandemic improves during the course of the season. The team says it has been in contact with season ticket holders about financial alternatives for their ticket plans.
Fans can learn about ways to cheer the team on virtually by following @WashingtonNFL on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.