The Broncos’ game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday will be the final one this year with fans in attendance at Empower Field at Mile High, the team announced Friday morning.
The Broncos said the decision was made after discussions with state and local government officials after Colorado’s recent uptick in positive COVID-19 cases.
Due to a variance issued by the state in September, the Broncos have been allowed to host 5,700 fans for home games against Tampa Bay, Kansas City and the Los Angeles Chargers. The announced attendance for those games were 5,226, 5,314 and 5,231. The Broncos did not have fans for their Week 1 game against Tennessee.
Family and friends of the Broncos’ players will not be allowed to attend the games; they were permitted to be in attendance for the Week 1 Tennessee game.
This year, the Broncos have had four road games with no fans in attendance — Pittsburgh, the New York Jets, New England and Las Vegas. Their game at Atlanta had an announced attendance of 7,665.
In the email to season ticket holders, the Broncos said:
“In consultation with state officials and public health experts, the Denver Broncos have made the decision that Sunday will be the final game played in front of fans at Empower Field at Mile High this season.
Although we are confident in our strong safety protocols and have no evidence of any COVID-19 transmission traced to our home games, the increase in cases and hospitalizations locally requires us to adjust our future plans. Taking this precaution is consistent with the recent guidelines issued by local officials to limit gatherings with the holiday season approaching.
Working in close partnership with the state, the Broncos are fully committed to keeping our community and team safe while doing our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. As we make this difficult decision, we want to recognize the dedication of our guest relations, stadium and part-time staff for safely and successfully hosting fans through our first five home games.
We are grateful for the support and flexibility of our fans during such a challenging year. It was important to us that fans have one final opportunity to attend a game on Sunday, especially with much of their planning already underway.
The Broncos look forward to welcoming back the best fans in the NFL to Empower Field at Mile High in 2021.”
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