While the Cowboys had 21,000 fans atop the NFL in their home opener, the Texans played their first home game without fans. Both teams will have fans on Sunday.
Harris County officials have granted Texans approval for up to 15,000 fans at NRG Stadium for the team’s game against the Vikings, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
COVID-19 protocols mandated by the NFL and local and national officials remain in effect. Face coverings and social distancing are among the requirements.
The Texans have submitted an infectious disease emergency response plan, which has been audited by the NFL, to city and county officials for approval.
Texans team president Jamey Rootes has previously expressed optimism that the team will win the approval of a limited number of fans.
“We followed league protocols which have proven to be incredibly effective in this kind of environment,” Rootes said via Wilson. “We know it’s not just a football game. This has to go well for our community to feel comfortable rediscovering a certain sense of normalcy. We feel an incredible responsibility to do it right. Our hope is in the not too distant future that we are all lined up and absolutely can do it, we can do it safely and it will be a wonderful experience for our fans and frankly for our football team.