As COVID-19 cases continue to spike around the country, the chances of fans being able to attend any NFL games this year continue to dwindle.
Becoming the 14th known team to reach out to season ticket holders, the Seahawks became the latest organization to give season ticket holders the option to skip the 2020 season without being penalized. Per an email sent on Thursday morning, fans will have the option to request a refund and pause their membership for the 2020 season or defer credit towards the 2021 season.
For those who opt out and apply for a refund, their seats will be released for the 2020 season only and they will retain the ability to purchase same seating location in 2021. Refunds are expected to be processed to most recently used cards in four-to-six weeks.
The Seahawks also provided a "wait and see" option for ticket holders holding out hope of being able to attend games this year, keeping their credit on account as the team awaits further details on government mandates for the upcoming season. Those fans will maintain priority ticket options as stadium capacity or game schedules occur and any unused credits will roll over to renewal for the 2021 season or be refunded by request.
While the NFL still remains optimistic a season will happen, if fans are ever allowed into stadiums, it will certainly be limited capacity with social distancing guidelines applied and face masks required. Those details continue to be discussed by league officials with training camps slated to start later this month.
If at some point local and state mandates allow the Seahawks to have 12,000 fans attend a game, the organization will have to figure out how to allocate tickets based on the number of season ticket holders who opt out. But that is an issue the team will happily tackle in the increasingly unlikely event it happens.