DENVER — The Denver Broncos will welcome fans to Empower Field at Mile High for the first time this season on Sunday, Sept. 27.
The Broncos will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and 5,700 socially-distanced fans for the week three game. Kickoff on Sunday is scheduled for 2:25 p.m.
The 5,700 fans is 7.5 percent of stadium capacity (76,125). Gov. Jared Polis (D-Colorado) and the Broncos made the announcement about fan attendance at a press conference on Sept. 8.
Fans at Sunday's game will notice a number of safety enhancements at Empower Field at Mile High:
Tailgating will not be permitted in any form in the Empower Field at Mile High parking lots.
Fans will be asked to use specific entrances at the stadium.
Fans are required to take their temperature before heading to the stadium.
Fans should stay home if they are sick, showing any COVID-19 symptoms or if they have come in close contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19.
The 5,700 ticketed fans, stadium staff, coaches and NFL staff will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing.
Fans will be seated in "pods" of 175 people or less to allow for easier contact tracing should someone test positive for the coronavirus.
Individual ticket groups will sit in seats of five or less seats and empty seats will be roped off.
Concession stands have been transformed into a mostly touchless process.
Cash will not be allowed at stadium concession stands. Some concession stands have been converted to scan-and-go, cashless formats.
High-touch surfaces will be regularly disinfected and cleaned with EPA-registered products.
All restrooms at Empower Field at Mile High have implemented entirely touchless systems, including toilets, sinks and paper towel dispensers.
Some urinals have been roped off for spacing and an attendant will monitor restrooms to ensure capacity is not exceeded.
All stadium staff will go through a health screening (questionnaire and temperature check) and will be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times.
All staff have undergone extensive COVID-19 safety training, according to the Broncos.
More than 500 hand sanitizer stations have been installed for fans to utilize throughout the stadium.
To reduce or eliminate bacteria on widely used handrails, UV-C lights were installed on escalators.
Most of the fans at Sunday's game are season ticket holders. The Broncos sold out the full allotment of 5,700 tickets.
The Broncos have sold out all their home games since 1970. Although the team had sold out for their entire 2020 home season, two preseason games were canceled and no fans were allowed at their season opener Sept. 14 against the Tennessee Titans at Empower Field at Mile High.
The Broncos said they hope to work with the state and public health experts to re-evaluate increasing fan attendance for future home games.
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