While most NFL teams that have announced plans to not have fans in the stadium for all of the season or at least the first few games, the Miami Dolphins are allowing 13,000 fans for the home opener.
In an extensive series of tweets, the Dolphins said there will be limited fans allowed in and they will have to wear a mask.
That does provide some home-field advantage for the Dolphins, or at least more than most teams will get.
Dolphins prepare for fans
There is a lot of preparation involved for letting any fans in. The Dolphins tweeted about staggered gate entry with entry times listed on tickets, and how ushers will release individual rows to exit at the conclusion of the game, among other items.
Attending a sporting event in 2020 will be a lot different than usual.
Dolphins are rare team to allow in fans
The NBA is in a bubble in Orlando with fans on video boards. The NHL has two hub cities for its playoffs without fans in attendance. In Major League Baseball, cardboard cutouts have replace real fans at all ballparks.
After peaking at 4,000 new cases on August 10, cases in Miami-Dade County have been on a steady decline. The county had 520 new cases on Aug. 22.
Miami will be one of the test cases for other NFL teams weighing if they will allow fans in at some point this season. At least the Dolphins have taken all the precautions possible for their home opener.
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