The NFL is planning to resume playing this fall in front of full stadiums, according to one league official.
Troy Vincent, executive vice president of football operations, tells NBC Sports the NFL fully intends on staging games in front of packed stadiums “until the medical community tells us otherwise.”
However, he cautions, “Remember, we’re talking about August, September. So there’s a lot that can happen here.”
That’s not to say league officials don’t have a backup plan in place in case their goal doesn’t pan out.
Vincent says plans have also been drawn up that involve allowing half and three-quarter capacity crowds into games so social distancing practices can be observed.
“We’re planning for all of these different scenarios,” he says. “But first and foremost, we’re making every effort, working with the medical community, if we can have those stadiums with all people until they tell us otherwise when that time comes, that’s our plan. That’s our plan of action.”