How would fan-less stadiums impact the Denver Broncos' 2020 schedule?
If the 2020 NFL season starts on time, it may begin without fans. For the Denver Broncos, this could be a very good thing.
Even though teams do not play against each other twice at the same location during the regular season, any advantage they can get is good. When it comes to the Broncos-Chiefs matchup at Arrowhead stadium, it is always a tough place to play.
Not only do the Chiefs have a great quarterback in Patrick Mahomes, but the fans that show up to their games are very loud. In fact, In 2014, the Chiefs fans broke the record for the loudest stadium, at 142.2 decibels.
Having no fans at NFL games could help the Broncos do better in the division, too.
The Broncos travel to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers this year. Their stadium capacity is at 68,400.
Mathematically, the easiest stadium to play in had been against the Los Angeles Chargers at Dignity Health Sports Park, which holds a measly 27,000 fans—the smallest crowd of all NFL teams. Oftentimes the stadium is filled with fans of the away team, especially when the Broncos come to town.
I’m not poking fun at the Chargers. It is just a fact.
Now, however, the Chargers will be moving on to SoFi Stadium at Hollywood park which will house over 70,000 fans. Many still expect that place to be filled with orange and blue when fans are allowed to be there, anyway.
On the other side of the coin, the Broncos would be missing out on crowd noise for their eight home games. Empower Field at Mile High can hold 76,125 fans on game day. That ranks seventh in the NFL.
In all honesty, I think that it would/will be disappointing to have NFL games without fans. However, that is currently the safest course of action the league should take. I have been to several Broncos games in my lifetime and every single one of them is very loud.
The passion that Broncos fans bring to games is outstanding. That aspect will truly be missed if no fans are allowed at games.
Away games are always difficult, but since the Broncos will have to face quarterbacks such as Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Ben Roethlisberger this season having less crowd noise is a double-edged sword that will take a lot of getting used to.