The Dallas Cowboys played week 1 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles without any fans present. However, the Cowboys home opener may look quite different according to team owner Jerry Jones.
The NFL attendance is being regulated by the coronavirus restrictions in each franchise’s respective state. While it’s previously been announced that the Cowboys are allowing fans to attend home games, the question remains about how many. However, Jerry Jones refrained from revealing that information during an interview on Tuesday with 105.3 FM The Fan, DallasCowboys.com reports.
When asked about how many fans to expect for Sunday’s game, Jones said, “We’ll just continue to play it by ear and see how it goes.”
In other Week 1 matchups, a handful of teams allowed spectators. The Kansas City Chiefs permitted 16,000 fans equaling roughly 25% of full capacity. Furthermore, the Jacksonville Jaguars also allowed 25% capacity for their matchup against the Colts.
Later in the interview, Jones explained that the primary focus of the upcoming home game continues to revolve around safety.
“Safety and, frankly, perception has something to do with this weekend. We want to not only be safe – and we will be, make no mistake about that. I use that word, we will be safe,” he said.
However, Jones expressed that he hopes this week marks a small step in a return to normalcy.
“But No. 2, I want to create the perception that in the new season, this is the first step – it’s a tiny baby step,” Jones said. “And as we move on into our games and into the season, we’ll read the status of the vaccines, we’ll read the status of any new safety measures that we can come up with. And we will expand as we go, hopefully. That’s the way this season’s going to be. We’re going to option quarterback it all the way through.”