With the COVID-19 pandemic accelerating throughout the fall and what could be an absolutely brutal winter, the Seattle Seahawks remain one of the handful of NFL teams that has not had fans in attendance for their home games this season. At least through December, that will remain the case.
Next Thursday’s primetime game against the Arizona Cardinals will be played behind closed doors, to quote Charlie Rich.
“Through ongoing collaboration with local public health and government officials, we have decided we will continue without fans in attendance at our home game on November 19 vs. Arizona,” the Seahawks said in a statement. “Should they determine conditions have improved enough for us to host fans in a limited capacity in December, we will announce those plans at a later date.”
Seattle has three December home games against the New York Giants and Jets, as well as the Los Angeles Rams in the penultimate week of the season. If I were a betting man and with cases rising virtually everywhere in the USA (King County, WA included), I don’t think the Seahawks have any fans inside the stadium for 2020-21. The Patriots have already nixed fans for the entire season, and I believe they’re the first to do so. More than half the league does have fans at a limited capacity, but the entire West Coast plus the Las Vegas Raiders have held out from even bringing in 20% capacity.
It sucks that the madhouse that is a Seahawks home game won’t be experienced any time soon, but Seattle is 4-0 without any of you at the game, which is as many wins as they managed all of last season with fans in attendance. Makes you think... what if the 12s were the real problem? I kid, I kid.
Stay safe, everyone.