Throughout the entire offseason and during the global pandemic due to COVID-19, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been hopeful they can have fans attending games during the 2020 season. Although it is still a possibility later in the year, the team has just informed season ticket holders that there will be no fans in the stands for the teams first two home games of 2020 according to NFL network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala.
The first two games on the schedule at Heinz Field for the 2020 season are the Steelers hosting the Denver Broncos in Week 2 at 1 PM on September 20 and the following week when they host the Houston Texas for another 1 PM game on Sunday, September 27.
So far, these are the only two games in which the Steelers have announced there will be no fans.
The next game at Heinz Field on the Steelers schedule in 2020 comes in Week 5 as they host cross-state rival the Philadelphia Eagles for yet another 1 PM game on October 11. The Steelers also follow up their match up with the Eagles with another 1 PM home game in Week 6 against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, October 18.
Should the Steelers not be permitted to have fans for their first half of their home games, it would not be until the middle of November when the Steelers host the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, November 15 in week 10. As with many things when it comes to COVID-19, there is a lot that can happen between now and November.
Of course, news of no fans in the stadium comes as a blow to some in Steelers Nation as fans were having to decide if they were willing to take the risks in order to attend the games. For some fans, this will be the first game missed in Pittsburgh in years.
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Art Rooney II’s statement on the disappointing news of no fans being at Heinz Field in September.