While AT&T Stadium can hold roughly 80,000 people for its main seating capacity, the Dallas Cowboys unveiled a Safe Stadium Policy in August, stating that capacity would be limited in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of Texas, local public safety and public health authorities.
Jones told 105.3 The Fan earlier this month that the stadium’s total capacity “will approach 25,000 people,” a figure that would lead the NFL in attendance.
“We’re doing that, in my mind, very safe, very prudent, and adhering to all of the conventions that need to be adhered to,” Jones added on the radio show. “[We’re] going to have a great fan experience out here. But, and from my perspective, it’s mask up.”
However, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation announced this month it would begin accepting applications for combative sporting events in the state that would allow for a cap of 50 percent for the total listed occupancy of the venue, giving AT&T Stadium the option of holding roughly 40,000 people if an application was submitted and approved.
Holding the event at AT&T stadium could potentially bring much-needed sales tax revenue to the city of Arlington, whose economy has been devastated due to the ongoing closures of businesses associated with COVID-19.
“Sales tax revenues could also struggle to regain their footing throughout 2021 and 2022,” Arlington City Manager Trey Yelverton wrote. “The loss of disposable income, and reduced ability to afford the City’s entertainment, hospitality and retail opportunities, could result in a downward trend of even more closed businesses, lost jobs, and less travel. This in turn would have implications for almost all of the City’s revenue sources, particularly those related to construction, development, and recreation.”
Arlington’s budget for fiscal year 2021 is expected to bring $538,504,158 in revenue for the city. However, its expected expenditures come in at $538,504,158.