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Roger Goodell: 'Tremendous' Optimism NFL Stadiums Will Be Full Capacity Next Season

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVMay 26, 2021

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters Wednesday that he has a “tremendous amount of optimism and excitement that we’ll have full stadiums across our league this season.”

Goodell added that if the season started today, the large majority of teams would be able to play at capacity, while adding an update on the league's progress with getting staffers vaccinated:

Mike Garafolo @MikeGarafolo

Roger Goodell on a conference call with media, reiterates they expect full NFL stadiums this season. Says 30 teams would currently be allowed to play in front of full capacity crowds, expect the remaining two to get approval in the near future.

Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said 30 of 32 teams have a better-than-90% vaccination rate among Tier I and Tier II personnel, and the other two are over 85%.

Aaron Wilson @AaronWilson_NFL

Roger Goodell said league is emphasizing importance of vaccination and incentivizing vaccination: 'We do think all of our players and personnel are safety if they're vaccinated.'

Goodell did not provide an answer on the vaccination rate amongst the players, though he did provide an update on the rate of positive tests for COVID-19:

Jonathan Jones @jjones9

I'm not going to guess at the % but I'd bet it 1) is not terribly high and 2) will increase once camp hits and guys realize how much better life is outside of protocols.

Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

Roger Goodell said on a conference call the league's offseason COVID-19 positivity rate is at .04 percent, about half of the regular season rate.

"We're still operating in environment where COVID is out there," he told reporters. "We'll continue to stay on top of that with the priority on keeping players safe."

With fans returning in greater capacity to NBA arenas during the postseason, there is ongoing hope that a return to full capacity at sporting events in the United States is imminent as more and more citizens are vaccinated. 

The CDC has reported that 165,074,907 U.S. citizens, or 49.7 percent of the population, has received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 131,850,089 people (39.7 percent of the population) is fully vaccinated.

Additionally, 50.3 percent of citizens 18 or older and 74.1 percent of citizens 65 years or older have been fully vaccinated. 

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