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Limited capacity stadiums in the NFL are now officially a thing of the past.
The Indianapolis Colts received local approval for 100% fan capacity at Lucas Oil Stadium on Tuesday, team owner Jim Irsay announced on Twitter. They were the last NFL team still waiting on local approval to do so.
100% CAPACITY FOR COLTS HOME GAMES THIS SEASON. Many thanks to Mayor Hogsett and Dr. Caine for their guidance through a very difficult time. #GoColts
— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) June 29, 2021
The Denver Broncos also received approval for full capacity at games this fall earlier this month. Those two teams were the only two still awaiting the news after the NFL announced last month that every other team in the league was already cleared to do so.
Teams played under different rules last season when it came to fan attendance amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Some, like the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers, played in empty stadiums while others, like the Dallas Cowboys and Colts, had limited fans in attendance. The San Francisco 49ers even had to move and play games in Arizona briefly last season due to local restrictions in the Bay Area.
About 46% of Americans are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus as of Tuesday afternoon, according to The New York Times, and about 54% have received at least one dose. The country is now averaging more than 11,800 new cases each day, though the new Delta variant is a cause of concern for experts. Los Angeles County officials asked residents to start wearing masks in indoor public situations regardless of vaccination status on Tuesday because of it.
While teams and cities can certainly restrict attendance or alter plans as the season goes on, it certainly looks like the NFL will seem much more like it normally does this fall.
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