By now you have heard of the Coronavirus. It’s been causing panic world-wide resulting in stores running out of everyday items, events to cancel and in some cases games being played in front of empty-arenas. Since the bug hit the United States, Seattle has been one of the locations hit the hardest with 269 confirmed cases and 25 deaths so far.
It was reported last week that two CenturyLink staff members who worked the Seattle Dragons game on Feb 22 tested positively for the Cornonavirus. Fans had wondered if the next home game (Mar 15) would be postponed or moved, but nothing had been announced.
Today, Seattle Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to restrict gatherings of more than 250 people in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, a move aimed at sports, concerts and other cultural events. With the Dragons set to play at home this weekend against the Los Angeles Wildcats it looks like the game will be played with no fans in attendance.
BREAKING: To try to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Jay Inslee is expected Wednesday to restrict gatherings of more than 250 people, including at sporting events and concerts. https://t.co/LQhJ4Opwax
— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) March 11, 2020
New York is also being hit pretty significantly by the coronavirus and it’s possible we see a similar announcement for the upcoming Guardians game. Although it’s possible that the Dragons and Guardians have a contingency plan in place for this type of event, we’d expect to see these games played in an empty stadium. We’ll keep you posted as more comes out around this subject.
UPDATE: The XFL has since commented on the situation stating that the game will go on without any fans in attendance.
XFL statement regarding LA-Seattle gamehttps://t.co/IhWkpD6eM4 pic.twitter.com/XRVNUXu8gS
— XFL (@XFL2023) March 11, 2020