NFL Limits Season Opener at Arrowhead to 16K Fans

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The NFL’s season opener will be played before a significantly smaller crowd at Kansas City’s Arrowhead stadium.

The Chiefs will cut attendance to 22 percent of Arrowhead's 76,416-fan capacity. That means around 16,812 fans will be allowed into the stadium for the first game of the season on Sept. 10. against the Houston Texans. 

The hope is that fans who do attend the game will be able to follow social distancing guidelines as a way of mitigating virus transmission at the event. 

According to CBS Sports, the Chiefs will maintain the limited capacity for the first three games of the season and re-evaluate after that.

With the reduced crowd, the Chiefs will lose the advantage of the crowd noise at Arrowhead, where fans set a Guinness World Record for the loudest fans at an outdoor open-air stadium.

All fans in attendance at any game this year will be required to wear masks inside the stadium. 

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