There will be no fans in Nissan Stadium for the Tennessee Titans home opener on Sept. 20 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper made the decree at his daily Covid-19 press conference update, where Titans president and CEO Burke Nihill was in attendance on Tuesday.
“Across the United States, there’s a wide range of approaches to in-person attendance for professional sports based on a wide range of public health policies and the prevalence of the coronavirus in those locations,” Cooper said. “We must take a cautious approach recognizing that we cannot predict our COVID-19 metrics further into the fall sports season. I’m grateful both to the Tennessee Titans and Nashville SC for working closely with our Office of the Metro Public Health Department while prioritizing the safety of their players, staff and our residents.”
The announcement also applies to Nashville SC games and other sporting events in Davidson County. Vanderbilt University does not have a home game scheduled until Oct. 3 against LSU.
The decision to have games without fans will be in place through the month of September at a minimum. It is unclear now as to whether or not the policy will extend past September.
The Titans are scheduled to have three home games in October, beginning with a game with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Oct. 4, followed by the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 11 and the Houston Texans on Oct. 18. The Titans’ bye week is scheduled for Oct. 25.
A number of NFL teams have already decided that no fans will be allowed in the stands at all this season, while others have said that there will be no fans for the first game or two. Still, others, notably the Baltimore Ravens, are making plans to allow a limited number of fans into their games to start the 2020 season.
Nihill said the Titans plan to forge ahead with the season despite Tuesday’s announcement.
“I can assure you of this: this virus will not deter us from our mission to bring you an exciting, competitive season of Titans football,” Nihill said. “We hope our fans can cheer us on in Nissan Stadium soon, and in the meantime, look forward to feeling everyone’s support and energy from home as we kick off the season with Monday Night Football, Sept. 14.”