The NFL is back.
Thursday night, the league will kick off its season when the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans and about 16,000 fans at Arrowhead Stadium.
NFL kicks off with Chiefs-Texans
Fans attending the first game of Patrick Mahomes’ and the Chiefs’ title defense will only be able to tailgate in the vicinity of their own vehicle before the 7:20 Central Time kickoff. They’ll park and enter in designated zones designed to limit the number of people who interact with each other. Fans will also only be able to access bathrooms and concessions in those zones — but yes, concession stands are open.
Fans in the suite level of Arrowhead Stadium must take a saliva test before the game, which the team sent to them. Inside the stadium, they’ll be required to wear their masks at all times except when eating or drinking.
According to Yahoo Sports, the Chiefs and Jaguars are the only two teams allowing fans into Week 1 games, and they’re both experiencing some trouble selling out even a diminished number of tickets for their games.
Danuel House in bubble limbo
Rockets forward Danuel House was scratched from Houston’s Game 3 loss to the Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals Tuesday evening, but the team did not explain why. He and center Tyson Chandler missed the game for “personal reasons.”
It turns out House is under NBA investigation for a violation of league coronavirus safety rules. Yahoo Sports reports that he let a coronavirus testing official into his hotel room. The report specified that the official in question is female, but offered no further details.
House is currently in quarantine and his availability for the rest of the series, which the Rockets trail 2-1, is in question as the league investigates.