The Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday opened up single-game ticket sales to their fans. It comes mere weeks after the 2020 NFL schedule was released amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
At this point, it’s hard to imagine Pittsburgh welcoming in north of 68,000 fans into Heinz Field during the 2020 season.
The team took that into account on Friday, holding back 50% of their individual ticket inventory.
The #Steelers held back 50% of the normal ticket inventory when individual game tickets went on sale today for the 2020 season. We are being proactive with these limited amount of tickets as we are preparing for possible social distancing scenarios at Heinz Field this year. https://t.co/MTdXg2buS0
— Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) May 22, 2020
“We are being proactive with these limited amount of tickets as we are preparing for possible social distancing scenarios at Heinz Field this year,” teams spokesperson Burt Lauten said.
The best-case scenario is that teams will be able to welcome a limited number of fans into stadiums starting this fall. The worst-case scenario is that the season is postponed or canceled. The likeliest scenario is that teams will have to play without fans in attendance.
This comes on the heels of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf casting doubt on the 2020 NFL season being played in his state. He’s taking a more conservative approach in reopening the state’s economy compared to other localities with NFL teams.
It’s highly unlikely the Steelers will be playing games with full capacity starting in September. The team took that into account Friday in opening up sales for individual game tickets.