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After a fan-less 2020 NFL season at MetLife Stadium, the home to both the Giants and Jets will be moving to 15% capacity.

The 2020 NFL season turned out to be the weirdest and most unusual NFL campaign any of us have ever witnessed, solely due to the lingering COVID-19 pandemic. Games were postponed, schedule-related changes were made, and a number of players missed time due to placements on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Another aspect that was different, and one that led to a loss in revenue, happened to involve the number of fans present at the games. Some stadiums limited the number of fans while other stadiums allowed no supporters to enter the building. MetLife Stadium, home to the Giants and Jets, found itself in the latter category.

That’s subject to change though. On Monday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy revealed that MetLife Stadium events are going to be at 15% capacity starting March 1. The plan is then to evaluate coronavirus-related data in hopes of increasing the overall capacity as time progresses.

The entire league is hopeful life will be back to normal by the commencement of the 2021 season, but it’s unclear at this time if that will be the case. We’re coming up on a year since COVID-19 suspended the 2019-20 NBA season and canceled the 2020 March Madness Tournament, but there’s at least hope now given a vaccine is present.

It’s unconfirmed when the State of New Jersey will announce a further percentage increase for MetLife Stadium’s capacity, but that doesn’t mean a 100% capacity for the 2021 NFL season can’t be reached.

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.