Hard Rock Stadium has announced that when it returns to hosting action on September 20, with a 13,000 limited capacity, it will be a cashless environment as it seeks to navigate through the pandemic.
According to Miami Dolphins, the side has conducted a ‘thorough review starting in late March’ with the intent to ‘provide minimal contact for guests’.
Miami Dolphins Vice Chairman and CEO Tom Garfinkel commented: “When we started the process back in March of exploring what a socially-distanced stadium could look like, we made the health and safety of everyone the first priority; knowing that if we felt that we couldn’t make it safe, we simply wouldn’t have fans.
“We’re happy that our elected officials recognise the attention to detail and diligence that we’ve put into creating a safe environment and that they made the decision to move forward with a 13,000-capacity stadium at this time.”
Furthermore Hard Rock Stadium has been the first arena to be awarded with a GBAC (Global Bio-risk Advisory Council) Star certification, a division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association.
All fans entering the stadium will be required to wear a mask at all times, apart from when actively eating or drinking, with no smoking permitted inside the stadium or helixes. Additionally the stadium has changed its manual toilets and faucets to contactless.
The Miami Dolphins are the first NFL side to officially announce that they will hold games with fans in attendance with most franchises either ruling out the possibility of crowds right now or yet to comment on future plans. The only other team’s seemingly willing to consider the option, which includes moving to a cashless environment, are the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs, however, nothing as of yet has been confirmed.