What a Sold-Out N.F.L. Game Is Like in 2020

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The “Duval” cheers, the lights and the Jacksonville Jaguars have been all in motion once more, however it was clear that Week three at TIAA Bank Field was totally different from my final go to, in 2019. When I attended that sizzling, early fall home opener, I talked to strangers seated subsequent to me, stood in line near folks, and loved the battery-operated followers that blew air in our faces to final with over 100-degree temperatures contained in the stadium.

I’ve all the time discovered you may make a fast emotional bond with close by strangers round simply since you occur to be followers of the identical group, however it was nearly not possible to try this on Thursday night time. You would have needed to scream to even get the eye of your neighbor as a result of every was seated so distant. Social distancing markers gave steering on spacing for followers in line to purchase concessions and memorabilia (or use the restroom) and face coverings have been obligatory. These are the brand new realities for N.F.L. followers trying to expertise soccer within the flesh throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Jaguars followers have been excited to be home once more, with their group having gotten off to a stunning 1-1 begin, however there was a cautious tone that hung within the air towards the Dolphins. Miami obtained out to an early lead and by no means let up, successful 31-13, however followers nonetheless caught it out till nearly the top of the fourth quarter, maybe having fun with a tiny little bit of the normalcy all of us have yearned for throughout the pandemic.

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