Sunday’s XFL game between the Los Angeles Wildcats and Seattle Dragons in Seattle will be held without fans due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.
The Seattle area has been one of the hardest hit by coronavirus in America. As a result, on Tuesday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced that events in King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties with attendance of more than 250 people are now prohibited the state until further notice.
“This is an unprecedented public health situation and we can’t wait until we’re in the middle of it to slow it down,” Inslee said. “We’ve got to get ahead of the curve. One main defense is to reduce the interaction of people in our lives.”
Inslee’s proclamation covers the LA-Seattle XFL game, which will be played as scheduled on Sunday. However, no fans will be allowed to enter CenturyLink Field.
The XFL announced the news moments ago.
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We’re seeing more and more leagues opt to hold events without fans. The Golden State Warriors are preparing to play some upcoming games without spectators, and the MAC and Big West have elected to go forward with their respective men’s and women’s conference basketball tournaments inside empty arenas.
This might become the new normal as COVID-19 continues to spread.