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Packers to play before significantly smaller Lambeau crowds

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers will play before significantly fewer fans at Lambeau Field this year, if they play in front of any at all.

The Packers told season ticket holders Friday to prepare for a football season unlike any the NFL has experienced because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The team is preparing to have fans in attendance with new policies and safety measures to allow for appropriate social distancing, which will require the stadium’s seating capacity to be significantly reduced,” Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy wrote to season ticket holders. “Face coverings also will be required, and other necessary precautions will be in place. As a result, the special experience to which fans are accustomed at Lambeau Field will look and feel very different.”

The letter made it clear that games could even be played with no fans, but in any case there would be “significantly fewer.” The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported that a Packers representative declined to say how many that would be.

Packers fans, who had a June 1 deadline to renew their season tickets, can opt out of this season’s games without losing control of their seats for next season. Season ticket holders can request a refund or ask that their payment be carried over to next season.

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