CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 28: Julius Peppers #90 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after a defensive stop against the Indianapolis Colts during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 28, 2007 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

It’s the question we’ve been asking ourselves since March. What will football season look like? NBA has their bubble, but we’ve been wondering what the NFL will do about fans. The Carolina Panthers posted a letter on their website addressing all of these questions and concerns.

To our fans - Despite our best efforts, we are deeply disappointed to share that you will not be with us at Bank of America Stadium on Sept. 13 when we open the season against Las Vegas. We will not allow an empty stadium to affect our performance on the field, but your presence gives us an undeniable edge. We have worked tirelessly since March to develop and implement a responsible, comprehensive plan to ensure that your game day experience is enjoyable and as safe as possible. Based on the guidelines outlined in Phase 2 of North Carolina's reopening plan, and our health and safety plan, we are confident that we can safely host a limited number of fans. This is not a choice between a full stadium or an empty stadium. We have offered compromises and alternatives. We will continue reaching out to government officials regarding options for future games. Safety measures we are prepared to implement include a face covering requirement and temperature checks for all fans and staff as well as enhanced cleaning procedures. We have also planned for and tested new ways for fans to enter and move safely around Bank of America Stadium. Honeywell, a world leader in developing solutions for major venues and events, has customized PPE packs with our fans in mind and is deploying solutions to monitor air quality throughout the facility. In addition, infectious disease experts have shared scientific data to inform our decisions and fill critical gaps in mitigating the spread of the virus. We recognize the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic and will follow guidelines outlined by government and public health officials. And, we will continue to seek alternatives regarding the return of fans for the 2020 season. We will continue to move forward with planning ways we can engage with our fans this season and will share updates as appropriate. Sincerely, Your Carolina Panthers

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This means that we will have to wait until at least October for the chance to attend a live football game. Just like every place that is reopening, there will be safety measures in place and Bank of America stadium will more than likely require face masks to enter as well as temperature checks. I am so happy I went to a game last year. The next home game is on October 4th against the Arizona Cardinals. Fingers crossed!

Click here to read the full letter and check out some of our favorite Carolina Panthers Photo highlights below! (RIP crowds in the stands.)

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