Jerry Jones: 50% capacity likely limit at Cowboys home games this season
Jerry Jones conceded Friday that attendance at Dallas Cowboys home games at AT&T Stadium is unlikely to exceed 50% capacity at any point during the upcoming season.
The Cowboys owner has remained firm in his stance that the Cowboys will welcome fans at games in 2020 despite the coronavirus continuing to ravage regions of the country, including Texas.
Despite Jones’ optimism, the owner did acknowledge that all 80,000 seats at AT&T Stadium will not be filled this season.
“More than likely there won’t be 50% capacity,” Jones said during an interview on 105.3 The Fan on Friday, as transcribed by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “But things are evolving. I would imagine we can have as many people out there as far as the demand to be out there as we want it. We’ll see how the lay of the land is as we get closer, and sell those numbers of tickets accordingly.”
Jones also touched upon criticism again that the Cowboys, along with other teams that intend to have fans at games, will enjoy a competitive advantage over teams that will enforce a no-fan edict. Jones previously stated it’s “absolutely fair” for teams to determine their own attendance policies.
The NFL declined to enact a universal policy regarding whether fans will be allowed into games, instead allowing each team to decide in accordance with local governmental edicts and directives.
This has caused no shortage of consternation across the league. Some coaches, including Mike Zimmer — whose Vikings will not welcome fans for the team’s first two home games — have complained about it.
“By the time we get on that field, all the emotional aspect of playing before a hostile crowd, I think that will be overcome by the fact we’re getting that football game in to play that game,” Jones said Friday of the situation.
Teams continue to share their plans for fan attendance in both the short- and long-term. Along with the Cowboys, the Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins have already indicated an intent to have fans in the stands in some capacity at the onset of the season.