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Fans allowed at larger football stadiums, Gov. Roy Cooper says
10,000-plus venues can take 7% of capacity
Published Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:00 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday that stadiums with more than 10,000 seating capacity will be allowed to fill 7% of their space.

North Carolinians can watch football in person this fall.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced that effective Oct. 2, stadiums with a seating capacity of over 10,000 will be allowed to operate at 7% capacity. For Bank of America Stadium and the Carolina Panthers, that means being able to host over 5,000 fans on Oct. 4 when they play the Arizona Cardinals.

“We are excited to welcome some fans back to Bank of America Stadium beginning Oct. 4, and we thank the state of North Carolina, the city of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County for partnering with us in these efforts,” a team spokesperson said. “We have worked for months to develop and implement a responsible and comprehensive plan for the return of fans and we are confident that it will ensure that the game day experience is enjoyable and as safe as possible. We will continue to follow guidelines provided by the CDC, local and state government as well as the National Football League, and will be prepared to adjust our policies as necessary.”

The Charlotte 49ers will be to allow just under 1,100 fans at Jerry Richardson Stadium for their final three home games, starting Sept. 26 against Georgia State.

As of Sept. 22, North Carolina has 195,549 lab confirmed COVID-19 cases, 905 people in the hospital and 3,286 COVID-19 related deaths. Cooper’s current executive order for Phase 2.5 expires on Oct. 2. The announcement regarding stadiums came today in order to give stadium personnel time to prepare.

“We share this news today so that those outdoor venues with seating capacity of more than 10,000 can begin preparations to have a limited amount of socially distanced fans,” Cooper said.


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