The game will have no fans, even though NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be present.
An NFL game at Sophie Stadium this season would include this circumstance: guest owners would sit in the box of the owner of the Los Angeles team, who would not play there at the time. This week, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will sit in the box of Los Angeles Chargers owner Dean Spanos – even before the Spanos family does.
When the Chargers play their home opener next Sunday against Conners City, lead owner Clark Hunt will sit in the box that belongs to Ram owner Stan Cronke.
Sunday night’s game is also homecoming for Jones, born in Inglewood, California, about a mile from the stadium.
With a price tag of more than $ 5 billion, trees at Sophie Stadium, and lounges in the foliage “Canyon”, individual seats – no bleachers – are full and plentiful luxury suites. The only question that remains of the impact of the coronovirus epidemic is how long fans should wait until they will be allowed inside.
More than 70,000 seats will remain empty on Sunday night, saving for cardboard cutouts in the end zone section, while pipe-in crowd noises and a public address announcer fill the silence.
Lindsey Thery of ESPN contributed to this report.