As of now, it looks like cardboard cutouts, similar to what the Mets are doing at Citi Field, may be the only way to see fans in the stands at MetLife Stadium this NFL season.
The Jets and Giants put out a joint statement on Twitter Monday afternoon saying that, because of an Executive Order made by New Jersey governor Phil Murphy limiting outdoor gatherings, the teams have decided to go forward as of now without fans in attendance for home games.
In addition, neither team’s training camp will be open to the public this year.
On July 2, Gov. Murphy amended the state’s cap on attendees at outdoor gatherings, upping the allowable number to 500, but that is still not even 1/100th of the possible capacity of MetLife Stadium, which is considered an outdoor venue. However, thanks to another order issued a week later, New Jersey residents are required to wear masks in outdoor gathering situations where they cannot social distance, which adds to the Jets’ and Giants’ concern about having live fans inside the stadium.
Preseason games are up in the air per latest reports, but for September at least, this edict could affect Big Blue's home opener against the Steelers on Sept. 14, Gang Green's home opener against the Niners on Sept. 20, and then San Francisco's game against the Giants on Sept. 27.