It looks like the Patriots games at Gillette Stadium will be without fans in attendance according to reporting by nbcboston.com.  Officials at Gillette Stadium have worked hard on a plan to bring fans back to the stadium for in-person games, but it looks like those plans have been scrubbed by the Massachusetts Reopening Advisory Board.  According to the Board, no fans will be allowed inside the stadium in September which means no home opener on September 12 and the game on September 27th.  It is a sad sign of the times.

 

Still, the officials at Gillette Stadium continue to hold out hope and have drawn up numerous safety plans.  Those include limiting the capacity of the stadium to 20 percent and despite the bad news from the Massachusetts Reopening Advisory Board, they will continue to prepare for better times ahead.  Gillette Stadium isn’t the only Boston sports venue closed to fans.  Red Sox fans have been put on notice that Fenway Park will be closed to fans for the remainder of 2020.

In a statement reported by nbcboston.com who credits The Boston Sports Journal with the first account “We have been informed by the Lt. Gov. Polito that the State is not yet in a position to allow fans to return to Fenway, at least through the month of September.  While we were hopeful fans would be able to return to Fenway at some point this season, we agree now is not the right time, given the state of the virus in this country.”  The State is focused on getting kids back to school and getting the infection rate down.  It’s not a good year to be a sports fan.  Let’s hope we have better days ahead.