The Packers Won't Have Fans at Training Camp, Family Night, or Any Preseason Home Games

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The Packers Won’t Have Fans at Training Camp, Family Night, or Any Preseason Home Games

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Much of the NFL chatter has surrounded how teams (and municipalities) will prepare for the regular season. But it will be worth keeping an eye on how everyone approaches the preseason.

So with that in mind, let’s see how the Green Bay Packers plan to handle things this summer:

The Packers won’t have fans at training camp practices, the team’s annual Family Night activities, and preseason home games (if there are any). President Mark Murphy said local health officials, the NFL, and CDC guidelines were considered when deciding to keep fans away from preseason games and other traditional summertime festivities that lead into the football season. It’s a bold measure, however, it is one that was made with safety in mind.

Which brings me to the Bears (and the rest of the NFL, for that matter).

Training camp opens in 13 days. And yet, there has been no public word regarding the team’s plans to host at Halas Hall. We know nothing about team (or league) protocols or how it plans to follow state and local guidelines. It’s not as if the team or league hasn’t had time to organize, make arrangements, or map out plans. And it’s not like the NFL didn’t have examples of what not to do while watching MLB muck up its summer with petty arguing over a labor dispute. Time is no longer on the league’s side, and that’s problematic.

And then there’s this:

It didn’t make sense for the league to rush into making plans back in March when it shut down operations as part of an attempt to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19. HOWEVER, it could be a bad sign if the league did not use the time in a productive way in terms of creating contingency plans for the summer months.

We’ll continue monitor this situation as we await word from the Bears regarding how things will operate at Halas Hall.


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Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.