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Christy Spangler poses for a photo in front of the “A Perfect Moment in Time” statue featuring the likeness of Don Shula being hoisted by Nick Buoniconti and Al Jenkins in celebration of their perfect season outside of Hard Rock Stadium on May 22, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Shula, who died May 4, 2020, is being remembered by the Miami Dolphins with a socially distanced viewing of the statue due to the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a series of events.

At a press conference today in Miami, it was announced that fans WILL be allowed to attend NFL games in person next month. The Miami Dolphins and University of Miami games scheduled for September will be the test. The stadium is making a few changes. A spokesman said they are not going to allow tailgating. Gates will open 2 hours before kickoff instead of 4. They will also limit alcohol sales to maintain “the safest environment possible,” but he added “We can’t control people’s behavior.” Fans will also be required to wear a face mask and social distancing will be enforced. Fans will be kept spaced apart in the seat assignments.

13,000 will be allowed inside the “socially distanced stadium.” Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium is built to accommodate 75,000. Governor DeSantis says the team will not making a lot of money under this arrangement, but that it will give some hope to sports fans. He also said he expects to the Bucs and Jaguars to have a similar game plan.

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