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Where NFL Teams Stand on Allowing Fans at Games in 2020: UPDATE

The NFL season is a little over halfway over and ticket revenue has shot down drastically due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Some NFL teams have allowed fans in their stadiums while some have not allow fans back yet. Some stadiums have even increase their capacity while others have decreased their capacity.

Here are each team’s updated decision on fans at stadiums as of right now:

Atlanta Falcons

Fans will be allowed at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, but at a capacity of 10,000-20,000. Fans will be required to wear face coverings and maintain six feet apart from each other, ESPN reports. They will remain at low capacity for the rest of the season.

Arizona Cardinals

CBS Arizona reports that the Cardinals will allow 4,200 fans at the University of Phoenix Stadium for the month of November. The state of Arizona will continue to monitor the infection rate in the area to see if they will continue to allow fans at the stadium.

Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Mayor Jack Young had approved the Ravens plan to allow 4,000 fans at M&T Stadium for the game against the Steelers, NBC Baltimore reports. The Ravens will continue this plan and hope to allow more fans for future games.

Buffalo Bills

According to NYS mandate, under no circumstances are fans allowed to attend any professional sports venue during phase four of reopening. This also includes fans tailgating outside of the stadium. Therefore, there will no fans at Buffalo Bills games in the start of the season.

This mandate continues to stand as fans are still not permitted to Buffalo Bills games. According to Gov. Cuomo, because of the spike of COVID-19 cases in the state, it is not smart to allow fans to Buffalo Bills Stadium at the moment. Cuomo hopes to get fans back at Bills games if the infection rates begin to lower in Western New York, the Democrat & Chronicle reports.

Carolina Panthers

The Panthers announced it will only be allowed to host 5,200 for the time being as per North Carolina’s state guidelines on outdoor gathering.

Chicago Bears

NBC Chicago announced that Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot would like to bring back fans at Soldier Field but are undetermined how soon that can happen.

Cincinnati Bengals

The Ohio Department of Health have announced that both the Bengals and Browns are allowed to host up to 12,000 fans. Gov. DeWine has approved the increased capacity, increasing the capacity from 6,000 to 12,000, but there won’t be another increase for the time being.

Cleveland Browns

The Ohio Department of Health have announced that both the Bengals and Browns are allowed to host up to 12,000 fans. Gov. DeWine has approved the increased capacity, increasing the capacity from 6,000 to 12,000, but there won’t be another increase for the time being.

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys recently announced that they will allow fans at their stadiums at limited capacity. They will also set up the seating in “pods” to maintain social distancing. Masks are required for all fans and food and beverages must be purchased with cards only, no cash allowed. This will remain for the remainder of the season.

Denver Broncos

Last month the Broncos announced that the state of Colorado and the Colorado Department of Health approved their plan to allow 5,700 fans at Empowered Field at Mile High Stadium for the rest of the season. The heath department and the Broncos will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 to see if it is safe to increase the capacity.

Detroit Lions

There is no decision whether the Lions will see fans at Ford Field this season with the current Governor of Michigan’s executive order on limiting large crowds to a maximum of 250 people. The only people allowed at Lions game are close friends and family members.

Green Bay Packers

The Packers recently issued a statement to their fans that it will continue not to allows fans to Lambeau Field until the infection rate of COVID-19 decreases.

Houston Texans

ABC Houston reports that the Texans can host fans at NRG Stadium at a capacity of 13,000 in pods. Fans are to be temperature tested when they walk into the stadium and must pass a series of health questions to be allowed in the stadium. The Texans will plan to keep the 13,000 capacity and have no plans of increasing it.

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts announced it will continue to host fans at Lucas Oil Stadium to a capacity of 12,500. This was increased from 7,000 from the Colts home opener against the Vikings.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars released a statement that they will allow only 25 percent of fans at TIAA Bank Field. This decision has remained, however they may be a possible increase of capacity from its current 16,791 limit.

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs have allowed 16,000 fans at Arrowhead Stadium all season and it will remained like that for the remainder of the season, the Kansas City Star reports. The team will monitor the spread of COVID-19 in the Kansas City area if the capacity may be lowered, but no reports have been made now.

Los Angeles Chargers

The Rams and Chargers will be without fans for the remainder of the season as COVID-19 cases have spiked in the area, according to the Orange County Register.

Los Angeles Rams

The Rams and Chargers will be without fans for the remainder of the season as COVID-19 cases have spiked in the area, according to the Orange County Register.

Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders announced on Aug 3 that it will not allow fans at all during the 2020 season and will postpone their opening stadium ceremony until 2021.

Miami Dolphins

Gov. DeSantis controversy announced that it has given permission to the Dolphins to allow a full capacity crowd of 65,000 fans at Hard Rock Stadium. The Dolphins are currently allowing 13,000 fans and have no intention of allowing more, as the Dolphins have not been successful of selling all 13,000 tickets due to the spiking COVID-19 cases in the Miami area.

Minnesota Vikings

TMZ Sports reported that the Vikings will no longer be hosting fans at U.S Bank Stadium for the rest of the season. Originally the Vikings were allowed 250 close friends and family members but will now not allow anyone at the stadium as COVID-19 cases are spiking throughout the state.

New England Patriots

According to NBC Boston, Gillette Stadium officials announced that there will be no fans allowed at Patriots or Revolution games for the remainder of the season. This follows Gov. Baker’s executive order of banning large gatherings in the state of Massachusetts.

New Orleans Saints

The Saints and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell have reached an agreement to allow fans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and it will be with increased capacity each week. The Saints started with a capacity of 750, then it was increased to 3,000 against the Panthers, then it will be increased to 6,000 for the month of November, then it will be at a capacity of 15,000 for the month of December, Sports Illustrated reports.

New York Giants

Governor of New Jersey Phil Murphy has prohibited fans attending MetLife stadium for both Jets and Giants game until further notice. This is due to the executive order of limited outdoor gatherings in the state of New Jersey. This order is still in effect and nothing has changed since August.

New York Jets

Governor of New Jersey Phil Murphy has prohibited fans attending MetLife stadium for both Jets and Giants game until further notice. This is due to the executive order of limited outdoor gatherings in the state of New Jersey. This order is still in effect and nothing has changed since August.

Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles President Dom Smolenski announced last month that it will welcome a crowd of 7,500 people at Lincoln Financial Field. This follows Gov. Wolf’s new order on limited indoor and outdoor activities in the state of Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers announced last month that they have welcomed back fans at Heinz Field at a capacity of 5,500. Several protocols have been in place for fans, including strict social distancing guidelines, face coverings are required for all fans, no tailgating is allowed in the parking lot, and the selling of beers stops after the third quarter.

San Francisco 49ers

There was a possibility that the 49ers can host fans after Gov. Newsom has given the green light for sports events to host fans at 20 percent capacity. However, the Santa Clara Country has prevented the 49ers from hosting fans at Levi Stadium this season due to the high infectiou rate in the area, NBC Sports reports.

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks have continued to not allow fans at CenturyLink Stadium. The team is working hard with the state to see when it is safe to have fans return to game, as the COVID-19 cases are beginning to spike in certain areas in Seattle, Komo News reports.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Fox 13 News reports that the Buccaneers have been hosting fans at 25 percent capacity since the end of September and will continue that way for the rest of the season.

Tennessee Titans

Nissan Stadium will see fans up to 14,500 for the remaining of the season, as any more will be breaking CDC’s current guidelines, the Titans announced.

Washington Football Team

Originally, the Washington Football team announced that no fans will be allowed at games in 2020. This changed when Gov. Hogan gave permission to sports teams to allow a capacity of 10 percent, the dcist reports. The Washington Football team first allowed fans on Nov. 8 against the Giants.

 

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