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Dolphins unveil plan to host fans in stadium amid coronavirus pandemic

The mock-up plan mirrors carry-out food line protocol established by restaurants.

Hard Rock Stadium is lit in blue to honor health care workers and first responders.
Hard Rock Stadium is lit in blue to honor health care workers and first responders.
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The Miami Dolphins have a plan in place to host fans in their stadium during the 2020 season — even as the NFL is still figuring out its strategy during the coronavirus pandemic.

As other pro sports leagues remain on hold to adhere to shelter-in-place and social-distancing guidelines, the NFL is still set to begin its season Sept. 10. The league has been discussing contingency plans to push the season back to October in empty stadiums, according to ESPN.

“We would have times to come in for security at different gates so people would be separated out, in terms of when they enter the stadium,” Dolphins CEO and president Tom Garfinkel said Monday in an interview on “Good Morning America,” per ESPN. ”We would exit the stadium much like a church environment, where each row exits so people aren’t filing out all at the same time in a herd.”

The mock-up plan mirrors carry-out food line protocol established by restaurants. The Dolphins would include colored spots on the ground to mark where people stand before entering Hard Rock Stadium, allowing fans to stay six feet apart. The Dolphins could be down to 15,000 fans in the 65,000-seat stadium.

“When our fans, players and staff are able to return to Hard Rock Stadium, we want them to have peace of mind that we’re doing everything we can to create the safest and healthiest environment possible,” Garfinkel added.

Hard Rock Stadium became the first public facility to earn the Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s STAR accreditation, which is the standard used for facilities to implement cleaning, disinfecting and infectious disease prevention work practices to control coronavirus risks.

Read more at usatoday.com