In a statement released Monday, the Miami Dolphins announced that a maximum of 13,000 fans will be allowed to the opening game against the Buffalo Bills on September 20.
Masks will be mandatory for all fans entering the Hard Rock Stadium.
Vice chairman and CEO Tom Garfinkel said, “When we started the process back in March of exploring what a socially-distanced stadium could look like, we made the health and safety of everyone the first priority."
"We’re happy that our elected officials recognize the attention to detail and diligence that we’ve put into creating a safe environment and that they made the decision to move forward with a 13,000-capacity stadium at this time.”
The Dolphins have instituted several policies to enhance fan safety amid the coronavirus pandemic, including:
- Socially distanced seating clusters
- Masks required for fans when not actively eating or drinking
- Upgraded air conditioning filters
- Mobile touchless entry
- Staggered entry times listed on game tickets
- Cashless food service, parking and retail
- No tailgating for 2020 season
Season ticket members will have first priority to purchase seats for the home opener, based on their tenure.
The official stadium capacity is 65,326.