The good news is that, as of now, the city of Philadelphia expects it to be safe for the Eagles to play games at Lincoln Financial Field this season.
The bad news is that it seems the COVID-19 pandemic will indeed be keeping fans from attending the games.
“We have been in communication with the Eagles," Philadelphia Managing Director Brian Abernathy said, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. "We have told them our expectations are that they don’t have fans."
While the Eagles games at Lincoln Financial Field are private events, and not public events like parades, the NFL guidelines -- per Abernathy -- state that "local authorities" have the right to ban fans from the stadiums, meaning it will be Philadelphia's call on whether fans go into the Linc this season.
The news of no fans is somewhat expected, but Abernathy's comments seem to be the nail in the coffin for the hopes of even having partial crowds at Lincoln Financial Field this season. It is worth noting that, although unlikely, it is possible things change and the city decides fans can attend. As of now, however, their position is that there will be no fans.
The one positive is that the city doesn't believe playing the games will be an issue.
“I do think that games can be played with the kind of safety precautions that they’re proposing. I do not think that they can have spectators at those games. There’s no way for them to be safe having a crowd there,” Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said. “I can’t say what the plans are for the league, but from a safety perspective, they can play games but not (have) crowds.”
The Eagles are currently set to open the season on the road against Washington on Sept. 13. It seems each team will have different rules this season regarding fans, so it is possible that there will be fans in the stands for the season opener, but as of now, there will not be for the home opener.