Philadelphia mayor's office clarifies stance on fans at Eagles, Phillies games

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia mayor's office clarified the city's position on spectators attending professional sporting events in 2020, offering a sliver of hope that fans could be in the stands for Eagles and Phillies games at some point this season.

The announcement came one day after two officials said that would not be the case.

"Currently, in the initial 'modified' Green Phase, the City of Philadelphia prohibits outdoor events involving more than 50 people. These restrictions do apply to Lincoln Financial Field," the statement read. "However, this is a fluid situation, and this policy is under constant review. Discussions between the City and the Eagles are ongoing. As the season approaches, the Eagles will continue to communicate directly with their season ticket members and fans."

On Tuesday, Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney announced a moratorium on large events in the city through February 2021. However, that does not apply to stadiums or other private property. Yet two city officials left the strong impression during a subsequent news conference that spectators would not be in the seats this year due to health and safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"The Eagles are still going to be allowed to play, although without crowds. The Phillies will continue to be allowed to play, although without crowds," managing director Brian Abernathy said. The Eagles sent out a memo to their season-ticket holders Wednesday pointing to the city's clarification, adding that conversations are ongoing and that they are "planning for variety of scenarios with your health and safety as a priority."