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Dallas Cowboys announce protocols in preparation for fans returning

Covid-19 protocols have been announced by National Football League (NFL) franchise Dallas Cowboys, as they prepare for the partial return of fans for the upcoming 2020 NFL season.

Working with local health officials and Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a thorough review of the 80,000-seater AT&T Stadium has been conducted.

At the beginning of the season, the Cowboys will limit the number of fans into the stadium, scheduled to begin from September 10, to prevent the risk of spreading coronavirus. Fans will also be required to wear a face mask during their visit.

According to the Texas state government guidelines, sports venues can allow up to 50 percent capacity. Though, the Cowboys are yet to reveal how many fans they will welcome once the season gets under way.

The use of cashless payments will be used as part of the new safety protocols, in addition to re-evaluating transport links, medical services and in-venue purchases. Alterations to the current seating arrangements will also be made to separate fans, so they maintain social distancing by organising fans into ‘pods’.

In partnership with SeatGeek, mobile-only ticketing will be used by fans to limit contact between fans and stadium staff. In addition to equipping staff with personal protective equipment (PPE) and undergoing the required training to comply with CDC guidelines.

Chief brand officer, Charlotte Jones has said, “These are challenging and unprecedented times for our country, our community, and our Cowboys fans at home in Texas and all around the world.

“Amidst the difficulties brought on by Covid-19, our focus has been to safely bring football back to our community. We are deeply grateful for the patience, understanding, and support our fans have shown during these historic and turbulent times as we continue to prepare for a successful season.”

Following the announcement of their safety procedures, the AT&T Stadium received accreditation from Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) for their response which included ‘best-in-class’ for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention.

Confirmed at the end of last month, season tickets will not be available for the upcoming season. However, season ticket holders will be given opportunities to opt in to purchase a limited number of tickets. Other of the league’s franchises have decided to give fans the chance to refund their season tickets or to defer them until 2021.

Author: James Parker