Packers won’t admit fans for first two games at Lambeau Field

The Green Bay Packers won’t have fans at Lambeau Field for at least their first two home games of the season, the team announced Thursday.

“Lambeau Field will not be the same without our fans’ energetic support in the stands,” Packers president Mark Murphy said in a statement. “Given the extraordinary circumstances this year and the additional protocols in place, though, we determined it was best to take incremental steps to start the regular season. These two games will allow us to focus our attention on safely conducting games inside the stadium with all necessary participants.

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“We are hopeful that we will be able to host fans for games later in the season, should conditions allow. We will continue to consult with community healthcare and public health officials on the pandemic conditions in our area. We ask our fans to continue to help by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing guidelines.”

The Packers indicated fans might be allowed at Lambeau for the team’s third home game, Nov. 1 against Minnesota, but that will “depend on the status of the virus.”

Green Bay opens the 2020 season on the road against the Vikings on Sept. 13. The Packers’ first two home games are Sept. 20 vs. Detroit and Oct. 5 vs. Atlanta.

The NFL has already scrubbed all preseason games. Teams have recently reported to training camp. The Packers will hold their first practice Saturday, Aug. 15.