Earlier we reported that Seattle Gov. Jay Inslee was expected to restrict gatherings of more than 250 people in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, a move aimed at sports, concerts and other cultural events due to the spread of the coronavirus. As reported, Inslee did just that. Fans still didn’t know if the game was still going to take place or if the league would try to secure a new venue in a different location.
Well, we have our answer. The XFL has just released a statement in regards to this weekends match-up between the Seattle Dragons and the Los Angeles Wildcats.
The good news, the game will still take place. The bad news, CenturyLink will be empty for the match-up. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it’s just going to impact the game this weekend. The game on March 22nd against the New York Guardians will also be played in an empty stadium.
If you purchased tickets to either of these games the XFL has a FAQ page with information on how to receive a refund. Although this news was expected, it’s still very unfortunate to hear. A lot of fans are going to miss out on these games, and this can’t be considered great news for the league.
This may only be the beginning, DC has requested that events hosting over 1,000 events be cancelled and it’s expected that New York may implement similar restrictions as Seattle. It’s also worth noting that all city related events in Houston have been cancelled for the rest of March, so we may see the Roughnecks play in an empty stadium for their next home game again the DC Defenders on March 22nd.
We’ll keep you up to date as more information comes out on potential cancellations related to the coronavirus.