The team's priority is the well-being of fans, players, employees, and the community, and as a result, there will be no fans when the Seahawks and Rams fight on December 27 in a game with huge NFC West ramifications.
In addition to selling out every home game, the Seahawks also have one of the most popular fan bases in football. They have had three consecutive years with over 4 million people attending regular season games, which is by far the best record in the NFL.
However, despite having one of the most successful programs in football, the Seahawks don't draw anywhere near the amount of money as other teams in the league. According to the team's website, they made $64 million last year, which was 12th highest in the league. The Rams, who will be visiting Seattle this year, were 10th with $67 million in revenue.
Part of the reason for their lack of cash is due to the fact that they do not have a stadium that pays them back. While it seems like a luxury that few teams can afford these days, the Seahawks' primary home, Qwest Field, has no roof. The only time they play in a domed stadium is when they host games under "Seahawks Sea Breeze" conditions. Otherwise, they rely on the Pacific Northwest weather to help them win or lose games.
The Seattle Seahawks have announced that their first three home games of the 2020 NFL season would be held inside CenturyLink Field with no fans in attendance. This is due to continued COVID-19 virus limitations in King County, rules that have no end in sight. The team will also play four other home games this year away from Seattle.
The decision was made after discussions between team officials and health experts about how best to keep players and staff safe while still presenting a competitive football environment. "We are making these changes because we want our fans to be able to go back to enjoying watching football together," said Seahawks President Peter McLoughlin. "We appreciate all of our loyal customers's support during this difficult time."
The Seahawks have not commented on potential ticket refunds but have informed fans who have already purchased tickets that they will receive a full refund.
The league has not issued any official statements regarding fan safety but did issue a rare public reprimand of its teams for keeping their stadiums empty. "We believe it is important that our clubs take action to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and will hold them accountable if they do not," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "Our priority remains the health and safety of our players, coaches, managers, employees and fans.
Due to an extension of COVID-19 limitations in their home nation, the San Francisco 49ers will play their regular season finale against the Seattle Seahawks on Jan. 3 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. On December, the 49ers played their regular-season home games at State Farm Stadium. The game will be televised by NBC with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET.
The venue has a capacity of 65,099 and is located near the University of Phoenix Stadium where the NFL's Cardinals play their home games. The stadium was built for the 2006 World Cup of Soccer and is part of the larger State Farm Arena complex. It is owned by the city of Glendale but operated by an independent company.
The Niners went 0-16 last year but were awarded their first win because of a controversial finish during a tie game against the Rams. The league decided to award the victory to Seattle due to an injury to their quarterback. This gave Seattle a 9-7 record and put them in position to meet Los Angeles in the playoffs. The Rams finished the season 11-5 and claimed the No. 2 seed in the NFC.
State Farm Stadium is one of three remaining NFL venues that hasn't hosted a playoff game (the other two being Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., and MetLife Stadium in New Jersey).