The Steelers will not have fans at Heinz Field in September the team announced to season ticket holders on Thursday.
The team has two home games in September, which scheduled dates against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 20 and Houston Texans on Sept. 27
The current Pennsylvania Health Department guidance for outdoor events includes a 250-person maximum that would preclude the Steelers from allowing fans into the games.
“As we have prepared for the 2020 season, we have continuously followed the guidance of public health officials to ensure the safety of our fans, as well as our players, coaches and staff,” president Art Rooney II said in a statement.
“And we understand and appreciate the dedication of our fans who want to attend games this season. That is why it is disappointing to announce that we will not be able to host fans for our first two home games in September. Our plan for games without fans has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and we appreciate and respect the guidance of our public health officials concerning the ongoing public health emergency.”
The team is not closing the door on fans being able to attend games at Heinz Field later this season. The Steelers’ third home game is scheduled for Oct. 11 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
“We will continue to work on plans to host fans at games when it is deemed safe to proceed,” Rooney said. “We will communicate with our ticketholders concerning updates on our plans.”
The Steelers said season ticket holders will get an automatic refund for the games that will be played without fans.