GREEN BAY — The Green Bay Packers announcedTuesday that the team has put an indefinite hold on hosting fans for games at Lambeau Field this season, citing COVID-19 concerns.
The Packers say that in order to eventually host fans at Lambeau, the Green Bay area will "need to see a marked improvement" in hospitalizations, as well as infection rates and positivity rates.
The Packers had already canceled in-person attendance for the first three home games at Lambeau.
The team remains in consultation with the area's health department for the possibility of hosting fans at a later date.
If the team does eventually decide to host fans, season ticket holders who have opted in to purchase tickets will receive instructions about the ticket-purchasing process at a later date.
"We are very concerned with the rate of infection in our area," said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy in the release. "We are trending in the wrong direction in terms of hospitalization and positive cases, and based on recommendations from community healthcare and public health officials, hosting fans at the stadium for games is not advisable at this time.
"We'd all like to resume safely attending games at Lambeau Field. We know enjoying gameday is an integral part of our community and recognize how important it is to our area. However, the health and safety of our players, staff and community is our priority. We all need to take the pandemic seriously and do our part to reduce the spread of the virus, which should lead to significant improvement in the rates of infection and hospitalizations. At that point we'll be able to experience games in person.