The Giants and Jets will play their 2020 home games at MetLife Stadium without fans after Gov. Phil Murphy told the teams that his statewide limit of 500 people at outdoor gatherings would apply to the local NFL teams.
Rutgers also will limit its crowd to below 500 spectators if a college football season takes place this fall, the university is set to announce, promising that “all safety precautions will be in place for those individuals who will be in attendance.” Those spectators are expected to be limited to the immediate family of players and coaches.
The decisions, which Gov. Phil Murphy made in conjunction with officials from the NFL teams and the university, come as no surprise as sports leagues around the globe have been shuttered or forced to play in empty stadiums with piped-in crowd noise to limit crowds during the coronavirus pandemic.
The #Jets and #Giants put out joint statements saying no fans at MetLife until further notice. And no fans at training camp. Background and explanation here https://t.co/uyImZi11Eb pic.twitter.com/zdwf629aFf
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 20, 2020
The Giants, Jets and Rutgers will play their 2020 home games without fans because of the coronavirus pandemic. News: https://t.co/nIG7u12z68
— Steve Politi (@StevePoliti) July 20, 2020