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Because of COVID-19, the Colts are Implementing Significant Changes to their Gameday Experience in 2020

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In a letter from team owner Jim Irsay to his franchise’s fans, the Indianapolis Colts are implementing some significant changes that have been mandated league-wide to their NFL gameday experience this upcoming season—in response to the ongoing pandemic:

As such, our league is instituting some significant changes to the gameday experience that will affect all of us. This will include:

» A modified preseason schedule,

» Reduced stadium capacity that complies with CDC guidelines for social distancing,

» Tarps being placed over the eight rows nearest the field as an increased safety measure for football personnel and fans,

» A food and beverage experience that minimizes person-to-person contact,

» An adjusted game presentation that eliminates non-essential personnel on the playing field, and

» Additional health and safety protocols, including face coverings.

Irsay also noted that 2020 Colts season ticket holders will be able to defer their tickets to 2021—without losing their current season ticket status and seniority.

Of course, the situation remains entirely fluid, and it doesn’t mean that more changes won’t soon be on the way depending on how the pandemic continues to play out.

The good news is that football is still planning on being played this season, but the bad news is at potentially what cost and for how long—which right now, is anyone’s guess.

Colts training camp is still scheduled to kick-off on July 28th at the team’s facility but without fans—as it’s closed to the general public.

To his credit, team owner Jim Irsay has been emphasizing the need for Colts fans to continue to wear masks and properly social distance in public when necessary to take the additional precaution to ensure that there’s indeed football in the fall:

However, this situation should continue to evolve over the coming weeks for the Colts—which is shaping up to be a very different kind of season for fans.

It goes without saying, but please be healthy and stay safe out there, Colts fans!