NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Says To Expect Stadiums To Be At Full Capacity For 2021 Season

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league does expect all stadiums to be at full capacity for the 2021 football season.

“We want to see every one of our fans back,” Goodell said Tuesday, according to ESPN reporter Adam Schefter. “We expect to have full stadiums in the coming season.”

NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero called Goodell’s tone about the upcoming season “optimistic.” (RELATED: REPORT: The NFL Regular Season Will Officially Expand To 17 Games)

“Goodell says today’s virtual league meeting included discussions about welcoming back fans at every stadium,” Pelissero reported. “They had 1.2 million fans – safely, he notes — in 2020. Now, in 2021, the plan is all stadiums full. A strikingly optimistic tone five months away from kickoff.”

This is great news. There weren’t any stadiums full of fans for the entirety of the 2020 season. The Super Bowl did see some fans, but we still only saw 25,000 fans get to attend. For reference, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ stadium can seat 65,890 people.

It’ll be great to see the stadiums filled again. Football might actually be back this season.