Football fans in Washington, D.C., will have to wait a bit longer to see their team in action.

Strange times are ahead for the nation's NFL teams and their fans. The Washington Football Team is going back on the field without a cheering crowd next month. 

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The announcement was just made in light of COVID-19 social distancing guidelines and the nature of big stadium crowds.

"We are fortunate to host the best fans in the NFL year after year, but the well-being of those supporters, along with that of our players, coaches and each and every member of our gameday staff is simply too important, and the current knowledge of COVID-19 too unpredictable, to welcome our fan base to FedExField to start the season...We are working to find ways to make our fans' presence felt in new and innovative ways for 2020 and can't wait to welcome the community through the gates as soon as it's safe." — Dan Snyder, team owner

The 2020 season will start with a game on September 13 against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedExField. Season ticketholders will be contacted by the sales office about their current accounts, and people holding pre-purchased individual tickets should keep an eye on the team's official website for more information on how to request a refund.

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For the latest announcements about the Washington Football Team, check out their Twitter feed or Facebook page. You can also buy team merchandise here.

*The photos in this article are courtesy of the Washington Football Team Facebook page.

Are you bummed out about the start of this year's football season, or are you just happy that we'll be back to having NFL football to watch? Have you been left with worthless tickets for any of the upcoming games? Sound off in the comments!