Sunday’s game will be last for in-person Broncos fans in 2020

Denver Broncos fans celebrate after a touchdown against the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter at Empower Field at Mile High.
Denver Broncos fans celebrate after a touchdown against the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Coronavirus cases are spiking all over the country and inside the state of Colorado, and as a result, the Broncos are choosing to no longer allow fans at games after Sunday’s matchup with the Dolphins, as a health precaution.

“In consultation with state officials and public health experts, the Denver Broncos have made the decision that Sunday will be the final game played in front of fans at Empower Field at Mile High this season,” the Denver Broncos said in an official statement.

The move does come as a surprise to some, considering there has been no spread of the virus traced back to Broncos home games this year, but the Broncos explained their decision was more of a preventative measure than a reactionary one.

“Although we are confident in our strong safety protocols and have no evidence of any COVID-19 transmission traced to our home games, the increase in cases and hospitalizations locally requires us to adjust our future plans,” the Broncos announced. “Taking this precaution is consistent with the recent guidelines issued by local officials to limit gatherings with the holiday season approaching. Working in close partnership with the state, the Broncos are fully committed to keeping our community and team safe while doing our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. As we make this difficult decision, we want to recognize the dedication of our guest relations, stadium and part-time staff for safely and successfully hosting fans through our first five home games.”

Hopefully, when fans return to Mile High next season, they’re welcomed by a much better on-field product.

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