Indianapolis Colts to host up to 2,500 fans for home opener

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Posted at 4:43 PM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 16:43:36-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts on Friday announced plans to host up to 2,500 fans at Lucas Oil Stadium for the team's home opener Sept. 20 against the Minnesota Vikings.

The team said the attendance number was determined following discussions with the Marion County Public Health Department and were set to meet local, NFL, and CDC guidelines to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

In addition, the team is working on a process for limiting the number of tickets for the game as well as a process to address those who already purchased a single-game ticket or a four-game ticket pack that included the game.

The Colts on Friday also announced that they will not host and operate American Family Insurance Touchdown Town outside Lucas Oil Stadium until further notice.

The team will meet with local health officials as early as next week to discuss capacity for future games.

"Our top priority always will be the health and safety of fans, players and staff, so we must take the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe, which includes a reduced stadium capacity on gameday," Pete Ward, Colts chief operating officer, said. "We will continue to work with local health officials on steps that will allow our season to go on as safely as possible with fans in the stands. And we continue to appreciate the patience of all our fans as we navigate the fluid nature of this pandemic.

The team will release specific health and safe procedures for 2020 home games, which also will include requirements for fans and stadium employees on game days, next week.