The Cardinals won't have fans at State Farm Stadium for their first two home games of the season, the team told season ticket members in an email on Friday.
State guidelines currently restrict large gatherings in order to curb the spread of COVID-19, which will close to the public the Sept. 20 home opener against Washington and the Sept. 27 game against Detroit.
"While we would obviously love to start the season in front of the Red Sea, we know this decision is the most responsible one and hopefully contributes to the continued decline of COVID-19 figures in our community," the Cardinals told season ticket members in the email.
The possibility of hosting some fans as the season goes on has not been ruled out, as Arizona's COVID-19 numbers have been dropping.
"We will continue to work with state and local officials in the weeks ahead to determine whether we may be in position to host a limited number of fans later in the season," the email said. "If so, Cardinals season ticket members would have the first opportunity to purchase tickets for those games."