Rams set to take on Chargers at Inglewood's Sofi Stadium -- with fans in the stands -- on Saturday

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (KABC) — The Rams are set to open the preseason schedule Saturday against their former defensive coordinator, Brandon Staley, and the Chargers at Inglewood’s SoFi Stadium.

The match marks the first time that fans will be in attendance during an NFL game at the state-of-the art, 70,000-seat stadium. Coronavirus restrictions had previously kept the stands filled with only cardboard cutouts of fans’ likenesses.

The open-air venue can now operate at full capacity, with health guidelines in place. Proof of vaccination will be required before entering.

Those who are headed to the game are urged to download their mobile tickets and leave paper money at home — all transactions at the stadium are cashless.

Only transparent bags are allowed inside.

As for the game itself, Rams coach Sean McVay is taking no risk when it comes to the potential of preseason injuries.

For a fourth consecutive season, McVay will not play starters — including quarterback Matthew Stafford, defensive lineman Aaron Donald and cornerback Jalen Ramsey — in preseason games, and McVay seems to be taking his cautious approach a step further this season, opting to sit several rotational players and backups as well.

“We’ll get a chance to see a lot of our depth guys because there’s going to be probably about 35 players that are not playing in this game for us,” McVay said after training camp practice at the team facility on Thursday. “The goal is always to try to stay healthy.”

The Rams and Chargers are scheduled to kick off their preseasons with a matchup against each other Saturday at 7 p.m. Watch the game on ABC7, with pre-game coverage beginning at 6 p.m.

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