Despite a record spike in the coronavirus around Colorado, the Broncos will still allow 5,700 fans to play Sunday’s game against the Dolphins at Empower Field, a league source said. The Denver Post.
The state’s health department announced Tuesday that Denver and surrounding metropolitan cities are moving to Level Red, the second-highest level of restriction on Colorado’s coronavirus dial. But a source of the competition said change, and the increase in the number of cases and hospital admissions statewide, has not affected the presence of the Broncos.
On September 8, Gov. Jared Polis announced a variance for 5,700 fans to attend Broncos’ home games, and that was officially extended on October 5 to cover the team’s seven remaining games at Empower Field. The team initially opened the season to no fans at Empower Field in Week 1 against Tennessee.
The Level Red designation, a notch below Level Purple that includes a home commitment, allows outdoor events with a capacity of 25% or 75 people, and individuals can only attend outdoor events with members of their own household.
A league source said the Broncos’ current attendance rules and security measures are in line with Level Red mandates. An attendance of 5,700 is about 7.5% of the stadium’s capacity, while seats are sold in “pods” of one to six tickets and sections are broken up into smaller groups with designated access, concession and toilet areas. Masks are required and signs are everywhere to remind fans of social distance.
The Broncos have been in constant communication about their presence at Empower Field with Gov. ).
The Polis government office did not respond to the request for comment for this story. Meanwhile, Scott Bookman, Colorado’s COVID-19 Incident Commander, told 9News that “The Broncos have been wonderful partners throughout this pandemic” when asked why the team can still have fans, while restaurants, bars, offices, schools and gyms all face severe restrictions starting this weekend.
“We are continuing to talk to the Broncos to make sure we do everything we can to keep everyone safe (at the games),” said Bookman.
All ticket inventory for Sunday’s game will again be limited to 100 tier, 300 tier, United Clubs and suites / premium areas. If Denver moved to Level Purple, no outdoor events of any size would be allowed.