NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated today that he expects NFL stadiums to be back at full capacity in the 2021 season. “Football is simply not the same without fans, and we expect to have full stadiums in the upcoming season,” stated Goodell during his media availability today.
The Pittsburgh Steelers only had fans at a few games in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They allowed fans during the months of October and November, but following a third surge of cases in Pennsylvania, the governor’s office restricted outdoor capacity and Heinz Field was shut back down for the remainder of the season. Many players voiced their displease of having to play in front of an empty stadium and fans all over the country will be excited to cheer on their favorite teams in person in 2021.
The Steelers will play a franchise record nine regular season games at Heinz Field in 2021 after the NFL announced today that they will now play a 17-game regular season schedule. The NFL season is set to kick off Thursday, September 9th and the NFL schedule will likely release the weekend before the NFL Draft in April.