Public perception of action between the Arizona Cardinals and Detroit Lions during the first half of the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on September 8, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen / Getty Images)
The Arizona Cardinals will allow family members and close friends of the team to participate in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions at State Farm Stadium.
The team confirmed that the number of people allowed to participate is a maximum of 750.
In a letter written by Dr. Cara Christ of the Arizona Department of Health Services Arizona Sports, Christ approved what is called a test of the cardinals̵
“We believe this could be an important next step for fans who are sure to return to personal views,” Christ wrote.
Christ also notes that this number goes beyond what they recommend for non-public events, and feels comfortable with this controlled group because of the likelihood of significant contact with each other already.
Based on the state’s current level of COVID-19 transmission in the “moderate category,” Christ recommended that the next step of fans’ return not occur until Arizona is in the “minimal category.”
The Atlanta Falcons will have a similar test run of 500 family members and friends participating in their game on Sunday, but have already confirmed that they plan to take back a limited number of fans to a home game on October 11 if all goes well on Sunday.
Several NFL teams have had fans in the building this year with limited capacity, including the Miami Dolphins who have over 11,000 for their home opener and the Indianapolis Colts plan up to 7,500 on Sunday.
The Associated Press contributed to this story