The Pittsburgh Steelers will allow 5,500 fans to attend their game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at Heinz Field, the organization announced Thursday.
In addition to the announcement, the Steelers also released a list of safety protocol and procedures for fans before and during the game.
Tailgating is prohibited for Sunday’s game, but parking lots will open at 11 a.m., two hours prior to kickoff, with stadium gates opening at 11:30 a.m.
The team is also encouraging fans to “self evaluate” at home before they leave for the game, which includes checking their temperature.
Social distancing practices will be enforced upon entry to Heinz Field. All tickets will be mobile, and ticket holders within a group must be seated together. They are also advising fans to use the gate closest to their seats when entering the stadium.
Once inside the stadium, fans will be required to wear masks and remain six feet of physical distance at all times. To ensure groups are properly spaced out in the stands, the organization has placed red tags on seats to designate where spectators must sit in their respective zones.
The Steelers will are also implementing touch less points of contact (sinks, toilets, soap dispensers), touches food ordering and hand sanitizer stations throughout the venue.
The announcement comes two days after Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s decision to permit increased attendance within sports venues as a part of the Commonwealth’s ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Heinz Field is allowed a maximum capacity of 7,500 individuals, but that number includes players, coaches and team personal, hence the 5,500 total.
The Steelers have not had fans in attendance for their first two home games of the season against the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans.
Philadelphia has also yet to play in front of fans this year.