Overview of the actions between the Arizona Cardinals and the Detroit Lions during the first half of the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on September 8, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona (Photo by Christian Petersen / Getty Images)
The Arizona Cardinals will allow family members and close friends of the team to attend Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions at State Farm Stadium.
The team confirmed that the number of people allowed to attend will be no more than 750.
In a letter written by Dr. Kara Christ of the Arizona Department of Health, received from Sports in Arizona, Christ approved what is called a test of the protocols for the health and safety of the cardinals.
“We think this could be an important next step for fans who are safely returning to personal viewing,”
Christ also notes that this number exceeds what they have recommended for non-public events and feels comfortable with this controlled group because of the likelihood that they will already have significant contact with each other.
Based on the current level of COVID-19 transmission in the state in the “moderate category”, Christ recommended that the next step in the return of fans should not happen until Arizona is in the “minimum category”.
The Atlanta Falcons will have a similar test experience of 500 family members and friends attending their game on Sunday, but have already confirmed that they plan to bring back a limited number of fans for a home game on October 11 if all goes well on Sunday.
Several NFL teams had fans in the building this year with limited capacity, including the Miami Dolphins, who hold more than 11,000 to open their home, and the Indianapolis Colts plan to reach 7,500 on Sunday.
The Associated Press contributed to this story