“We want to see every one of our fans back,” Goodell told the media on Tuesday afternoon. “We expect to have full stadiums in the coming season.”
Last year, many NFL teams closed the stadium to the public for the entire season. Throughout the entire league, attendance was down more than 90 percent, causing a significant loss in revenue that caused an eight percent drop in salary cap for the 2021 season.
However, the NFL is already trending in the right direction this year. Last year, the league was forced to cancel all offseason activities prior to training camp. But on Tuesday, the league notified teams that they would be allowed to proceed with Phase 1 of the offseason on April 19, which allows for player workouts at the team’s facility.