With Record Crowd Since Pandemic, Dallas Cowboys Look to Welcome the Fans Back to AT&T Stadium

Published 05/09/2021, 11:15 AM EDT
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – NOVEMBER 04: Dallas Cowboys Owner, President and General Manager Jerry Jones walks on the field before the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on November 04, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)


The 2020 season was unlike any other in NFL history. Played amid a pandemic, teams had to make multiple adjustments to ensure that they adhere to COVID-19 guidelines.

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But perhaps the biggest adjustment the sport saw was the absence of fans in the stadiums. Multiple teams had to play out the entirety of their season in empty stadiums.

Few teams, however, were allowed to have fans cheer them on, thanks to state-based laws. The Dallas Cowboys were one among them. The franchise was allowed to host fans at 50% capacity at the AT&T Stadium for 2020.

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Now, more than a year since the pandemic descended upon the planet, things have started to look up for the better. And with vaccines for COVID-19 now available, it looks like the Cowboys are going to be back in full voice for 2021.

Dallas Cowboys looking to host packed crowds

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been vocal about letting fans attend games at the AT&T Stadium. With proper safety measures in place, the Cowboys owner expressed his desire to let Cowboys fans enjoy their home games in full attendance.

And after a year of social distancing, on May 8th at the AT&T Stadium, Cowboys fans got a glimpse of what they could expect in 2021.

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The AT&T Stadium played host to the box-office clash between boxers Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders. To witness the spectacle live, 73,126 people were present at the Cowboys’ home ground.

The figure now ranks as the biggest crowd to attend a sporting event in America ever since the pandemic began.

According to the AT&T website, face coverings were mandatory for individuals involved in maintaining the stadium, while masks and social distancing were encouraged for fans.

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Dec 20, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown (30) reacts after an interception against the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The event was also the largest indoor crowd for a boxing event held on US soil. This surpasses the earlier record of 63,350 back in 1978 when Muhammad Ali defeated Leon Spinks during their heavyweight title fight in New Orleans.

While we are yet to hear any official word about the crowd limit expected at AT&T Stadium for 2021, Cowboys fans can remain optimistic about what seems like the first step towards a journey back to a state of normalcy.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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