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Packers announce no fans will be present for at least the first two home games

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In news that shouldn’t surprise anyone, there will be no fans present at Lambeau Field for the home games agains the Lions and Falcons, should the season move forward at all.

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Get ready to see an empty Lambeau Field hosting regular season football on your television

In not-at-all surprising news, the Green Bay Packers announced this evening the team will play in front of an empty Lambeau Field for the first two home games of the 2020 season.

That means no fans will be present when Green Bay takes on the Detroit Lions on September 20 or when they face the Atlanta Falcons on October 5.

In the statement, the team said that by only including essential personnel in the stadium the organization can solely focus on the game and thanks to the already canceled preseason, this will allow them to focus on enforcing all protocols.

The Packers noted further games with no fans remain a possibility starting with the November 1 game against the Minnesota Vikings but will evaluate that decision based on progress in the battle against COVID-19.

All activities/businesses inside Lambeau Field such as the Packers Pro Shop, the Packers Hall of Fame and 1919 Kitchen and Tap will be closed for those first two game days as well. The Titletown district may host activities and fans are encouraged to contact individual businesses for their plans.

Should fans be allowed later in the season, fans should still expect greatly reduced capacity and those season ticket holders who opt-in will receive instructions on how to redeem tickets when that moment comes.

It’s a bummer fans won’t be allowed for at the least rhe first two games at Lambeau as Packers fans provide one of the league’s best home field advantages, but safety must come above everyone else and fingers crossed we make enough progress against COVID-19 by November to at least allow some fans back in.