Teams across the NFL are beginning to announce limits to fan access for games which also includes not allowing them in due to COVID-19 concerns throughout the country. Today, the New Orleans Saints made an announcement after speaking with several health officials.
For their Week 1 matchup against the Buccaneers, the Saints said they will not be allowing fans into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Unfortunately, at this time, the trends across our state and region do not meet the standards of health and safety we have established with our healthcare and government partners to host fans in the stadium for the first home game. While state numbers are trending in the right direction, further mitigation of cases is needed and a reduced infection rate is required for the team to welcome back its fans ... (and) significant improvement is required for that to occur.
New Orleans also stated in the statement that no decision has been made about their second home game against the Packer on September 27 yet as they will continue to monitor trends across their region. They also mentioned that fans may still not be allowed to attend through October and the rest of the season is still up in the air if they feel cases aren’t trending in the right direction.
For now, the Bucs haven’t made any drastic decisions like the ones some others have made despite the numbers the state and the Tampa Bay area has seen.