The Texans plan to host a maximum of 13,300 fans, a 20-percent capacity, at NRG Stadium for their game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
Social distancing protocols, mandatory mask wearing and hygiene standards will be in effect.
Among the steps the Texans have taken, including upgrading the cleaning standards to medical grade at their training facility: installing more than 475 sanitizing stations, maintaining social distancing with seats that will be zip tied, touchless and cashless transactions, mobile tickets and staggered entry.
The Texans submitted an Infectious Disease Emergency Response plan that was audited by the NFL and submitted to city and county officials. The county’s position under Judge Lina Hidalgo is that there shouldn’t be mass gatherings held due to the coronavirus pandemic, but lacks the authority to stop them due to Gov. Greg Abbot’s superseding order.
The Texans collaborated with stadium landlord Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation, ASM Global, CSC and Aramark to implement protocols required y the NFL and the Centers for Disease Control
Because of the pandemic, the Texans didn’t have fans at their home opener against the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 20.
Season-ticket holders that didn’t defer for the 2020 season have been given the option to purchase tickets for the remaining seven home games. Any tickets remaining for the seven home dates will go on sale Tuesday at noon online through Ticketmaster.com. There will be no tickets sold through the NRG Stadium box office. All tickets for the 2020 season will be mobile tickets only.
All fans ages 10 and older)and staff will be required to wear masks on gameday except while actively eating or drinking and everyone will be required to maintain physical distancing of at least six feet apart beginning in the parking lot, at the entry gates throughout the stadium. Tailgating isn’t allowed at this time.
“The health and safety of our fans, our staff, our team and our community have been and will remain our priority throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” Texans team president Jamey Rootes said in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming our home-field advantage back and resuming our cherished Texans gameday traditions. We have been working tirelessly to make changes and implement protocols at NRG Stadium to ensure a safe environment. We are grateful for the opportunity to experience this great season alongside the best fans in the NFL at NRG Stadium.”