The only thing certain about the 2020 NFL season is that nothing is certain. With a plan in place for COVID-19 testing and training camps set to get underway, the NFL appears to be in a position to move forward with a full slate of games.
But what about the fans?
In an off-season that has been (arguably) the biggest and most exciting for Buccaneers fans in team history, it's unfortunate that Raymond James Stadium won't see the sell out crowds it would have had this season been "normal" - but that's not to say there won't be anyone in the stadium to witness the Tom Brady era.
According to Kevin O'Donnell, the Buccaneers are hopeful that they can allow fans in at 25% capacity for the upcoming season while maintaining health and safety protocols;
Close source tells me #Bucs are hoping for 25% capacity at Raymond James for all games, which includes filled luxury suits. First 8 rows from the field will be left empty. That’s the lead plan, buy are considering multiple options given state of flux with Covid-19. pic.twitter.com/ZS17l8GyLn— Kevin ODonnell Fox13 (@ODonnellFox13) July 20, 2020
Now, this is no sure thing. The Giants and Jets released a statement on Monday stating that no spectators will be allowed inside MetLife Stadium until further notice. It's, again, a very fluid situation but the Bucs are going to do their best to allow some fans in.
How that would work - given the limited capacity with season ticket holders - has obviously yet to be determined, but it's another sign that things are headed in the right direction for a 2020 NFL season.