HOUSTON, TX — There will be no fans in sight for the Houston Texans' home opener against the Baltimore Ravens.
The game is set for Sunday, September 20 at NRG Stadium.
The team says whether fans can attend our home games later in the season will depend on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in the greater Houston area.
The organization says it will continue to monitor "a variety of metrics and other factors" while also consulting with local medical and public health officials.
By not having fans at the home opener, the team will be able to focus on game operations while continuing to refine safety and operational protocols at NRG Stadium.
"We have made the difficult decision to not host fans at NRG Stadium in the month of September as we are committed to protecting the health and safety of our fans during these challenging times," said Texans President Jamey Rootes. "Our fans provide the best homefield advantage in the NFL and we remain hopeful for their return to NRG Stadium once it is safe to do so."
Fans who are season ticket members and made the decision to opt-in for the 2020 season will receive instructions if the Texans transition to hosting fans at home games later in the season.