The Giants and Jets will play their 2020 home games at MetLife Stadium with no fans in attendance “until circumstances change,” the teams jointly announced on Monday. The two NFL franchises are following New Jersey state guidelines attempting to curb the coronavirus pandemic, which is still threatening whether the Giants and Jets will even be able to play those games.
Governor Phil Murphy decided after consulting with both the Giants and Jets that his executive order limiting outdoor public gatherings will apply to events at MetLife Stadium “until further notice.”
“This decision was reached after careful consideration of the current state of the COVID-19 crisis, in discussions with the Giants and Jets, and in consideration of the health and safety of our fans, players and staff, which will continue to be the primary focus for our teams,” the teams said in a statement. “We support Governor Murphy’s decision in the interest of public health and safety and, until circumstances change, both the Giants and Jets will play our games without the benefit of fans in attendance. Although we would prefer to have fans at MetLife Stadium for our games, we will continue to work with Governor Murphy’s office and will provide updates if necessary.”
The Giants and Jets also said that “out of an abundance of caution, each team’s 2020 training camps and practices will not be open to the public.”
“We urge our fans to continue to take the necessary precautions recommended by health officials to stay safe and we look forward to seeing you at MetLife Stadium as soon as possible,” they added.
Murphy added in a statement of his own:
“My Administration has been working in close coordination with professional sports and college teams to determine how to proceed safely with games at their stadiums amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While we look forward to the day we can return to games as normal and cheer from the stands, continued concerns for the health and safety of fans, team members, and staff dictates that our executive order limiting outdoor gatherings does apply to sporting events, including training camp.”We will continue to closely monitor the public health reality and work with health experts to determine how to move forward,” Murphy added, “and we will continue to work closely with the teams as conditions change. Like all fans across New Jersey, I look forward to watching our teams play from home and plan to be there in person to support the teams when it is safe to do so.”
No fans at the games will mean no tailgating outside MetLife Stadium, also. ?If the building isn’t open to the public, the lots won’t be, either.
In June, the Giants and Jets gave their season ticket holders the option to forego the 2020 season amid the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and retain their personal seat licenses (PSLs) for 2021.
Season ticket holders who had made payments on their 2020 tickets already and decided to take the season off could choose to either have the money refunded or simply apply it to the 2021 season.
It’s unclear how the Giants and Jets will pivot if at some point this fall they are allowed to begin having fans in the stands. For now though, first things first: getting the 2020 season in safely at all.