The Seattle Seahawks have played only one game out of five with fans in attendance, but when they return from the bye week they’ll be playing in front of a very very very small crowd at State Farm Stadium in Glendale.
Health authorities in Arizona have given the green light for the Cardinals to host about 1,200 fans for next Sunday’s game, but if you were like me and itching to make a joke about how that would make it a mini-Seahawks home game... sorry, it’s not going to work that way. These seats have been allocated to season-ticket holders only.
Masks will be mandatory. Failure to comply will result in ejection.
The 1,200 tickets will be allocated in pods of two on both the east and west sides of the stadium with 600 per side.
To allow for social distancing, seats not available will be zip-tied to prevent their use.
Tickets and parking are 100% digital and touch-lessly scanned upon entry. Concessions will also be contactless.
Additional staff will continuously clean all high-contact surfaces and restrooms.
Arizona is wrapping up a three-game road trip in Dallas on Monday night, so it will have been just about a full month since their last home game when they play Seattle. Their loss to the Detroit Lions had about 750 close friends and family members of players, coaches, and staff populating the seats, as a bit of a “test drive” for more fans in the stadium later on in the season. This policy is for the Seahawks game only, so if they want to go up to something like 20% or 25% capacity down the line they’re clearly doing this incrementally.
About half of the league currently has policies which allow for fans to attend games. The Seahawks’ next home game is November 1st against the San Francisco 49ers, by which point we’ll know whether or not the state of Washington is going to approve for fans at a limited capacity to attend this matchup.