Jerry Jones touts attendance ‘record’ at Cowboys home games during pandemic
The Dallas Cowboys (6-10) were perhaps the most disappointing team of the recently concluded NFL season, but at least Jerry Jones came up with one thing to brag about from the overall nightmarish 2020 campaign.
The Cowboys were one of 18 NFL teams that allowed a limited number of fans attend home games at times, with the 14 others not hosting any fans at any point during the season.
Speaking Tuesday during his weekly appearance on 105.3 The Fan, Jones boasted that the Cowboys broke an attendance record.
“I think we set the world record for attendance for a venue this year at our stadium in the world of pandemic,” Jones said. “And the results were extremely safe, maybe at the top with much less attendance.”
Not only is the Cowboys owner’s comments about attendance at AT&T Stadium this season arguably a bit tone deaf given the ongoing severity of the coronavirus pandemic, his boast about breaking attendance records in the “world of pandemic” turns out to be a somewhat erroneous one, as laid out by the Houston Chronicle.
That being said, the Cowboys were unquestionably the most aggressive team in the NFL when it came to the number of fans allowed to attend games.
The Cowboys ended up averaging 27,377 fans at AT&T Stadium for games this season. The high mark came on Nov. 8, when the Cowboys hosted 31,700 fans for a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Team officials reportedly stated that attendance topped 30,000 four times during the Cowboys’ eight-game home slate, per TMZ Sports.
Officials in Tarrant County, where AT&T Stadium in located, reported in November that eight individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 informed contract tracers that they recently attended a Cowboys game.
What’s more, there have been 1,458 coronavirus-related deaths in Tarrant County, and Texas has seen 27,969 overall deaths and nearly 1.6 million confirmed cases, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Given those grim, tragic numbers, one has to question the wisdom of Jones bragging about attendance at Cowboys games, especially with the number of COVID-19 cases continuing to escalate across the country.