NFL: Minnesota Vikings Will Not Allow Fans for Remainder of 2020 Season

by Will Shepard

On Wednesday, the Minnesota Vikings announce that the team will continue to allow no more than 250 fans per game. As Covid-19 continues to run rampant through the country, this announcement comes as no surprise.

Pro Football Talk, whose hosts Mike Florio and Chris Simms broke the news.

Although there are only four home games for Minnesota left on their schedule, they aren’t going to allow more fans. In statements made by Minnesota, they explain their reasoning.

In this case the team says:

“While we have worked hard to develop a safe and responsible plan to bring back a limited number of fans, our decisions have been based on medical guidance with public health as the top priority.”

And further explaining the situation and the tough decision:

“We take seriously Minnesota’s rising COVID infection rates and increasing hospitalizations and believe closing the final four home games to fans is the right decision to help protect our community.”

In addition, the team talks about adding fans for next season:

“To be in a position to do that, we strongly encourage everyone in Minnesota to take the necessary precautions to minimize the spread of this virus by wearing face coverings, practicing proper social distancing and limiting social gatherings.”

So, unlike other teams, the Minnesota Vikings are taking this decision to heart and will remain steadfast in it.

Minnesota and Unhappy Fans

Twitter users sounded off on the decision by Minnesota. One user points out that with a 66,000 person capacity, the stadium is essentially empty.

250 sections, one fan per section, people can live like kings and queens at the stadium.

However, fans seem rightfully upset because many other teams allow for lots of fans in their stadiums. But Minnesota is taking Covid-19 gravely seriously and won’t let the opinions of the fans change the decision.

Per Football Talk, the Vikings hope that fans will be able to attend games again in 2021. But because the cases are still on the rise, so the only answer by Minnesota is a non-committal answer in that regard.