Jerry Jones says his Dallas Cowboys will play in front of fans at home.
Jerry Jones isn’t punting on the idea of Dallas Cowboys fans showing up at his football cathedral.
Per Jon Machota of The Athletic, here is what the Cowboys owner had to say on the matter of if there will be fans in attendance at Cowboys games at AT&T Stadium this upcoming season. “The Dallas Cowboys plan on playing all of our football games and we plan on playing them in front of our fans.”
Of course Jerry Jones plans to have fans at Dallas Cowboys games in 2020.
Why should anybody be shocked about what Jones just said? He is an oil maverick at his core, as he made his billions being willing to take risks. Jones gave up everything to purchase the struggling Cowboys from Bum Bright back in 1989. 30 years and three Super Bowls later, Jones owns the most marketable, popular and valued professional franchise in all of North America.
It was risky to build AT&T Stadium in the manner he did, but it has since become the gold standard for what modern NFL stadiums should look like. U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles and Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas don’t happen if Jones didn’t build Jerryworld first. There’s a reason he’s the NFL’s most powerful owner.
What is interesting is how other teams are going about allowing fans to attend games this year across the league. Most, if not all, will be of reduced capacity. Surely, Jones is well aware of this. However, teams like the Green Bay Packers will not have fans in attendance for their first two home games, while the Washington Football Team has punted on having any fans at all in 2020.
While we can’t expect a universal mandate from the league’s office just yet on if fans can and can’t attend games this year, it is interesting to see how three different teams are going about it in the NFC alone. Washington is undergoing massive wholesale changes organizationally, so playing in an empty stadium might be the best course of action from a PR standpoint. Plus, they’ll be bad.
As for Dallas and Green Bay, they are two of the dozen or so teams in the NFC this year that have a decent shot at making the playoffs. Football is a game of inches, so having home fans in attendance might be an even bigger boost than in years past. Green Bay plays a first-place schedule, while Dallas draws a second-place one.
Jones will clearly do anything in his power to ensure fans will be able to attend Cowboys games.