The Miami Dolphins have received the green light to have a full capacity of 65,000 fans for their home games at Hard Rock Stadium, a spokesperson for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis told Andy Slater.
Per Slater, the Dolphins are planning to retain the 13,000 fan limit for their next home game, a Week 7 tilt against the Los Angeles Chargers on Oct. 25. It’s unclear at this time if the team will allow a full capacity in 2020.
The spokesperson also told Slater that “all Florida stadiums were able to go to full capacity,” following DeSantis’ decision to ease COVID-19 restrictions.
It’s also unclear if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars, the NFL’s other two Florida teams, will have increased or full capacity this season.
The Dolphins allowed up to 13,000 fans for their Week 2 and Week 4 home games against the Buffalo Bills and the Seattle Seahawks, respectively. 23,444 total fans attended those games, according to attendance numbers from ESPN.
The Jaguars had a total of 30,663 fans for their first two home games of the season.
The Buccaneers, who didn’t have any fans in attendance for their home opener against the Carolina Panthers in Week 2, allowed a limited capacity for the Week 4 tilt against the Chargers. Per ESPN, 6,383 fans were in attendance at Raymond James Stadium.
So far, 12 NFL teams have allowed some fans for at least one 2020 home game: The Dolphins, Jaguars, Panthers, Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints.
The Ohio Department of Health gave the Browns and Bengals the thumbs up to have up to 12,000 fans for their remaining home games. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles may now host up to 7,500 fans at their respective home games under a plan that was introduced by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. The two teams play each other at Heinz Field this Sunday.
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