There seems to be a good chance that New York Jets fans will be back in full force come the 2021 NFL season.
The New York Jets and New York Giants went through the entirety of the 2020 season without playing in front of a single fan during one of their home games.
According to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, it appears that things are on the upswing when it comes to bringing fans back into MetLife Stadium. At his latest COVID-19 briefing in Trenton, NJ, Murphy gave a promising answer to the question of whether or not the Jets and Giants will be able to play in front of a full-capacity crowd of 82,500 fans this season.
“I think the prospects are pretty good,” Murphy answered.
The governor’s projections are based upon the improving levels of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the state of New Jersey. Murphy is optimistic that fans can return in full force if things continue to progress in a positive direction.
“If we blow through our objectives, there’s a lot higher likelihood the Jets and Giants can sell more tickets,” Murphy said.
The first Sunday of the 2021 NFL season falls on Sept. 12.
Tri-State Area fans would not have been making much noise in 2020 anyway, as their teams went a combined 4-12 at MetLife, but the stadium felt eerily dreary with nothing but a sea of grey seats in attendance for each game. Having fans back in the building – whether at full capacity or not – will surely be a tremendous energizer for both franchises and their fanbases.
Both the Jets and Giants appear to be on the upswing after intriguing offseasons. Bringing fans back to the stadium in a safe manner would be a tremendous way to accompany the two teams’ respective new eras.