After the Washington Football Team announced earlier in the day that fans would not be allowed into FedEx Field for the upcoming season, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones decided to go in a different direction.
“The Dallas Cowboys plan on playing all of our football games and we plan on playing them in front of our fans,” Jones stated at a news conference to open Cowboys training camp on Wednesday.
Teams around the NFL have announced various plans for having fans attend games during the 2020 season, most citing state and local regulations. Jones declined to get into specifics on the exact number of fans they will allow into AT&T Stadium on gamedays but did cite the building itself as an advantage.
“We’ll adhere to all protocols, and we will adapt them to the uniqueness of our stadium,” Jones said. “We have a real unique situation and I think we’re going to be able to really have a great experience… I’m really proud that we’ve got that stadium to work with.”
Earlier on Wednesday, the Washington Football Team issued a release stating that fans would not be allowed to attend home games during the 2020 season, citing the well-being of their fanbase.
“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,” team owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “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.”
Two very different approaches to addressing what facing the league and the country as a whole heading into the 2020 season. Jones expects to deal with challenges along the way, but remains optimistic their plan can work.
“I think that our safety precautions that we’re doing won’t be unfamiliar to a lot of people when we look at the general protocol of the country, or we look at how you get together numbers of people,” Jones said.
“The people that will be there will be there at their own volition, just as the players that are on this field out here for the Cowboys are here because they have chosen to be here. Our fans will be in the stadium because they have chosen to be there.”
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