The Miami Dolphins organization just announced earlier today that it is not allowing fans at training camp or preseason games because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It was first reported to the public by Clay Ferraro.
Florida, NFL Sees More Cases
Recent spikes in the number of positive cases of this disease, especially in the state of Florida, caused Miami to make the hard decision.
After 72 players in the NFL tested positive for COVID-19 as of July 10 according to the NFLPA, the question of whether or not stadiums will be allowed to welcome fans is still up in the air.
Miami Still Hopeful Fans Can Attend Regular Season
While the state is battling with rises in the number of cases of Coronavirus, the team is hopeful that some fans will be allowed to enter Hard Rock Stadium for regular season games which are set to begin on Sept. 20.
No Tailgating, Seat Clusters Also Announced
The Dolphins also banned tailgating for the upcoming season as well as the decision in mandating social distanced seating clusters. On top of that, when fans are not eating and drinking they will be required to wear a mask.
Miami Makes First Call
Miami is the first team to make the announcement out of the two other fellow Florida teams in the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
All team owners and staff are trying to prepare for the upcoming season and make an educated decision about what Miami announced today as well.
While fans are not able to go to training camp and preseason games teams brought themselves two more months of preparation to see if the number of cases with COVID-19 will possibly be down enough to allow fans to go back to games.
FPC Dolphins will monitor this situation and update accordingly as well as when Miami makes any plans about the regular season.