Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Tuesday morning made an announcement that could lead to Eagles fans being allowed back inside Lincoln Financial Field this season.
The latest update from Wolf and the state Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine has increased maximum occupancy for indoor and outdoor venues in the state of Pennsylvania.
For outdoor venues — like Lincoln Financial Field — that have a capacity of over 10,000 people, the new gathering limits allow 15% occupancy up to 7,500 people beginning Friday.
So the state has basically just said that up to 7,500 people will be allowed to attend Eagles games but that can’t happen unless the City of Philadelphia allows it. The city’s department of public health, in a briefing on Tuesday afternoon, announced it will review the state's order and will announce if they'll allow it by next Tuesday.
As of now, Philadelphia’s public gathering guidelines still limit attendance to 150 people and does not allow for lines of more than 10 customers for any reason.
But still, if you’re an Eagles fan who wants to attend the Linc this year, the order from the governor on Tuesday was good news.
The Steelers will have around 5,500 fans in attendance when they host the Eagles on Sunday:
Even if the Linc does allow fans in this year, fans must comply with 6-foot social distancing guidelines and must wear masks.
Before the season started, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie wasn’t giving up on possibly having fans attend games this year.
"Initially there’s not going to be fans at our games,” Lurie said on Aug. 30. “We have been trying very, very hard to come up with solutions that are safe and innovative in time for the beginning of the season. And we’ve had a lot of really creative and constructive conversations with the state and the city. And that continues on a daily and weekly basis.
“We are hopeful there are going be real ways of having significant fans in our stadium pretty soon. Maybe not for September, but after that and we’re looking at innovative ways of testing with rapid testing, with point-of-care testing, with home testing. There’s a lot of ways to kind of approach this and we’ve been incredibly proactive working with companies around the planet to see what they’re up to and whether we can implement testing procedures that would allow the public (to attend)."
The Eagles have six of their eight home games still on the schedule in 2020.