We’ve been waiting and waiting and the news has finally broke.
Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams and SoFi Stadium announced that Rams and Chargers games will be held without fans in attendance until further notice.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 25, 2020
From the team’s official statement:
“After careful consideration and discussion with State and local health officials, the Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, and SoFi Stadium have announced that Rams and Chargers games will be held without fans in attendance until further notice.”
“While we all look forward to coming together to celebrate this new era of sports and entertainment in Los Angeles, the health and safety of our fans, community, players and staff remains our top priority.”
For the optimists out there, they left things open-ended. If things are able to become safe later in the season, I don’t see why the teams couldn’t decide to allow a portion of fans to attend games a few months from now.
Chargers owner Dean Spanos’ released his own statement, trying to put things into perspective:
“While not being able to open SoFi Stadium with fans in attendance is heartbreaking, we are grateful for the opportunity to play NFL football this fall.”
“When conditions ultimately improve - and if we continue to work together, they will - we look forward to celebrating a new chapter of Chargers football with our fans, in person, fist bumps and all.”
This news comes just days after the Kansas City Chiefs announced that they will be allowing up to 20% of their stadium’s capacity during home games this season, which is roughly 13,000 people. That’s something to put some hope into, especially since they’re a divisional opponent.