3: 50 AM BSTAdam SchefterESPN Senior Writer Shut ESPN NFL Insider
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Weak president of the Pro Soccer Writers of The US and the creator of four booksSoFi Stadium hosts its first are residing match Sunday evening when the Dallas Cowboys discuss over with the Los Angeles Rams, and there couldn’t be stranger instances surrounding the gargantuan opening of a $5 billion stadium.There’ll likely be no followers on the game, even supposing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will likely be conceal.NFL video games at SoFi Stadium this season will encompass this circumstance: The visiting owner will take a seat within the owner’s box of the Los Angeles group of workers no longer playing there at that time. This week, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will take a seat in Los Angeles Chargers owner Dean Spanos’ box — even sooner than the Spanos family does.When the Chargers play their dwelling opener next Sunday against Kansas City, Chiefs owner Clark Hunt will take a seat within the box that belongs to Rams owner Stan Kroenke.Sunday evening’s game moreover is something of a homecoming for Jones, who became as soon as born in Inglewood, California, about one mile from the stadium.With a designate imprint of bigger than $5 billion, SoFi Stadium choices tree- and foliage-filled “canyons” to lounge in, particular person seats — no bleachers — for the duration of and noteworthy luxurious suites. The completely query that continues to be, an attain of the coronavirus pandemic, is how for some distance longer followers must wait till they’ll be allowed within.Larger than 70,000 seats will likely be empty on Sunday evening, put for cardboard cutouts within the live zone portion, while piped-in crowd noise and a public address announcer enjoy the silence.ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry contributed to this characterize.