Steelers New Ticket Policy Hints NFL Teams Should Expect Major Hit to In-Game Attendance

Heinz Field might have more empty seats this season
Heinz Field might have more empty seats this season / Justin Berl/Getty Images

The coronavirus pandemic is expected to do a number on the NFL's attendance, as playing games in empty stadiums to combat the spread of the virus is a distinct possibility.

Even if fans are allowed, Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, won't be home to many sellouts this year, as the Steelers will only sell 50 percent of individual Steelers game tickets to the public because of social distancing regulations.

Pennsylvania has been one of the states hit hardest by the coronavirus epidemic, so Pittsburgh should be commended for being proactive instead of reactive in order to combat the spread of the virus.

While the general assumption regarding the 2020 NFL season is that games will be played without fans there, this is a good middle ground from Pittsburgh should fans be allowed at games. They can make money and allow fans to cheer on their team without cramming 70,000 people right next to each other.

If there will be fans in the stands during the 2020 season, Pittsburgh's ticket policy hints at the possibility that the amount of fans that actually get tickets to these games will be considerably limited.