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13,000 fans allowed at Miami Dolphins home opener, team says

13,000 fans allowed at Miami Dolphins home opener, team says
Posted at 12:13 PM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 15:51:11-04

The Miami Dolphins will have some fans cheering them in person when they kick off their season.

On Monday, the team announced that 13,000 fans would be allowed at the Sept. 20 home opener when they take on the Buffalo Bills.

"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; knowing that if we felt that we couldn't make it safe, we simply wouldn't have fans," said Miami Dolphins Vice Chairman and CEO Tom Garfinkel in a press release. "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."

In a series of tweets, the team showed off how they are preparing for fans during the coronavirus pandemic: staggered gate entry, entry times listed on tickets, and fans being released one row at a time at the end of the game.

The bathrooms will all have contactless toilets and faucets, the team said.

The team also has the Hard Rock Stadium will be set up for social distancing.

When it comes to food, the team says fans will have the option to order it through the team's app.

The Dolphins are one of few teams with fans at its season opener, with many teams starting their season without fans in attendance.