Playing at FedEx Field won’t be a home game away from home for the Philadelphia Eagles this year. Washington Football Team — the Eagles’ Week 1 opponent — officially announced their 2020 home schedule will be played without fans in the stands.
With the health and safety of its fans and employees top of mind, the Washington Football Team announced today that NFL games at FedExField will be played without fans during the 2020 season. While the organization had developed a comprehensive health and safety plan in close coordination with the State of Maryland and Prince George’s County (MD), this decision, endorsed by local officials and partners, comes out of an abundance of caution due to the rapidly changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision will be re-evaluated by all parties should the situation surrounding the pandemic improve over the course of the season.
As seen in the picture above this article, Eagles fans have made a habit of making their presence felt in Landover, Maryland. It’s unfortunate that they won’t be able to keep the invasion tradition alive this season.
Speaking of tradition, it’s still unclear if the Eagles will allow fans to attend games at Lincoln Financial Field this year. Philadelphia city officials originally indicated in mid-July that the Eagles wouldn’t be permitted to host fans before walking that statement back a little by saying it’s a “fluid situation.” I wouldn’t count on fans being able to go the Linc this year but we’ll see.
In any case, we do know that neither Eagles fans nor WFT fans will be at FedEx Field in Week 1. The Eagles will still be favored to win anyway.