HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- While the fate of the upcoming NFL season remains in limbo, the Houston Texans are certain of one thing: there will be no fans in the stands at the first NRG Stadium regular season game.
The Texans are slated to take on the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 20, but the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has thrust the team into a fan-less experience. The move comes after a fan at the Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs season opener tested positive for COVID-19.
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The team still didn't rule out fan-less games at the rest of the home contests.
"Whether fans can attend other home games later in the season will depend on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in the greater Houston area, which is currently at the highest threat level (RED). The Texans will continue to monitor a variety of metrics and other factors in consultation with local medical and public health officials with the safety and wellbeing of our fans, players, coaches, staff, other personnel and the Houston community as our highest priority," the team said in a statement.
The NFL already canceled all preseason games due to the pandemic that has already led to more than 1,700 deaths in Harris County.
The Texans added they're focusing on game operations "to refine the safety and operational protocols required to host fans at NRG Stadium.