Boy, how a year changes things. Around this time in 2020, there was an open question whether the NFL would play last fall due to the then-widespread COVID-19 pandemic.
While the 2020 NFL season did in fact go on as planned, fans were not in attendance for the most part. Now that more than 50% of the American adult population is vaccinated from COVID-19 and with cases shrinking in magnitude, that’s going to change heading into the 2021 campaign.
According to multiple media reports, training camps around the NFL are slated to start in about two months on July 27. Fans will also be in attendance with some restrictions due to the still-ongoing pandemic. The league is also planning for some big time fan events on July 31.
Multiple NFL teams have already stated publicly that they will host games at 100% capacity during the 2021 season. That should be a common theme around the league.
Even then, seeing fans attend training camp practices will be our first glimpse of normalcy that was nonexistent leading up to the 2020 campaign and during the regular season.
As for the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers — the two teams set to take part in this summer’s NFL Hall of Fame Game — they can report to camp as early as July 21.