Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that the team will have a 25 percent capacity for their Week 2 home game against the Atlanta Falcons.
McCarthy was discussing the Cowboys’ 20-17 Week 1 road loss to the Los Angeles Rams, which had zero fans in attendance. McCarthy then explained that things should be different with fans permitted at AT&T Stadium.
“It was an experience that I don’t think any of us expected,” McCarthy said, via Frank Heinz and Pat Doney of NBC5. “I knew it was going to be empty, I didn’t think it would be that quiet. I thought there would be a little more background noise you know maybe a little more music during TV timeouts. I think it’ll be a lot different at AT&T Sunday because obviously we’ll have 25% capacity so we’ll have some live energy in the building.”
Last month, owner Jerry Jones expressed confidence that the Cowboys would have fans in attendance at AT&T Stadium, without offering a possible number.
This will be a major advantage for the Cowboys, who simply can’t afford an 0-2 start this season. But they’ll have it in tough against an Atlanta team that features one of the best offenses, led by Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and offseason free agent signing Todd Gurley.
In Week 1, only the Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars had fans in attendance for their games against the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts, respectively. The home teams emerged victorious in those two games.
However, several teams will slowly allow fans in attendance. The Miami Dolphins are going to have a limited capacity for their Week 2 home tilt against the Buffalo Bills.
The New Orleans Saints and Denver Broncos will allow small attendance numbers for their Week 3 home games against the Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, respectively.
Dallas’ other seven home games take place against the Cleveland Browns (Week 4), New York Giants (Week 5), Arizona Cardinals (Week 6), Pittsburgh Steelers (Week 9), Washington Football Team (Week 12), San Francisco 49ers (Week 15) and Philadelphia Eagles (Week 16).
The Giants, Washington, New York Jets and Las Vegas Raiders have already announced that they won’t have any fans in attendance for their 2020 home games. Other clubs such as the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks have confirmed that they’ll play without spectators for at least the first two or three home games.
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