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Where NFL Teams Stand on Allowing Fans at Games in 2020

The NFL announced several protocols for this season amid the coronavirus pandemic. This includes letting teams and state officials make their own decision on fans in stadiums this season. Most NFL teams have already decided their plans to either allow limited amount of fans in their stadiums, or no fans at all.

Here are each team’s decision 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.

Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals announced to their season ticket holders that the University of Phoenix Stadium will see fans at low capacity this season. There’s no word yet as to the number of fans that will be led into the stadium this season but expect the capacity to be far lower than previous years.

Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Sun reports that the Ravens has submitted a plan to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan about a plan to allow at least 7,500 fans at M&T Bank Stadium. A decision will not be decided for another few weeks.

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.

Carolina Panthers

The owners of the Carolina Panthers announced that Bank of America Stadium will be at reduced capacity this season, with the number of fans to be determined later. The owners also announced that season ticket holders will have the right to opt out of their 2020 season tickets amid the pandemic. North Carolina is currently at phase two of reopening, which limits outdoor gatherings and sports events to about 25 people, so it is too early now to determine if the Panthers will see fans come the start of the NFL season.

Chicago Bears

As the state of Illinois enters phase four of reopening, it is too early to determine if fans will be allowed at Soldier Field this season. A decision will be announced later, Sports Mockery reports.

Cincinnati Bengals

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said as of right now, no fans are allowed at any professional sports stadiums until the state of emergency is lifted in Ohio.

Cleveland Browns

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said as of right now, no fans are allowed at any professional sports stadiums until the state of emergency is lifted in Ohio.

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.

Denver Broncos

State officials have not decided a plan on the amount of people allowed at Mile High Stadium. However, season ticket holders will get priority for tickets in 2020, ESPN reports.

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.

Green Bay Packers

The Packers recently issued a statement to their fans that they will not allow fans for the first two home games at Lambeau Field. A decision on whether fans are allowed will be determined after examining the first two home games of the season.

Houston Texans

The Texans announced that NRG Stadium will be without fans for the first home game of the season. Currently COVID-19 is at high risk in the Houston area and a decision if fans will be allowed at all this season will be determined on the spread of COVID-19 in the Houston area.

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts will allow only 25 percent of fans in Lucas Oil Stadium this season. Season ticket holders will also have a right to first access to tickets this season and have the right to either receive a full refund of 2020 season tickets or defer them to 2021, Fansided reports.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars released a statement that they will allow only 25 percent of fans at TIAA Bank Field. A decision of increase capacity will be determined after the first game of the season. A new seating chart will be developed for fans to pick seats for games in 2020. Fans will also have to adhere to all safety guidelines, which includes face coverings and maintaining six feet apart from others.

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs are planning to reduce the capacity of Arrow Head’s stadium, but the number has not been announced, the Kansas City Star reports. The Chiefs will also give 2020 season tickets holders priority for tickets this season.

Los Angeles Chargers

It is uncertain whether California will allow fans at the new SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles for both the Rams and Chargers, CBS Los Angeles reports. Once the state approves fans at games, the stadium will be at limited capacity.

Los Angeles Rams

It is uncertain whether California will allow fans at the new SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles for both the Rams and Chargers, CBS Los Angeles reports. Once the state approves fans at games, the stadium will be at limited capacity.

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

The Dolphins have not officially announced when they will begin to allow fans at their stadium, but did announce specific guideline as to how to bring fans back in the stadium while adhering to social distancing guidelines. All fans and stadium staff must wear face coverings (unless eating or drinking). There will also be many touchless services and fans will be asked to sit more than six feet apart from others.

Minnesota Vikings

No decision has been made yet if the Vikings will allow fans at their games this season. They will offer season ticket holders an option to opt out of this year and use their season tickets for next year, Bring Me the News reports.

New England Patriots

The Patriots announced that Gillette stadium will only be limited to a capacity of 20 percent during the 2020 season, pending state approval. Fans will be asked to wear face covering and portions of the seats will be blocked off to maintain social distancing. Also, parking will be free for the 2020 season at Gillette stadium.

New Orleans Saints

The Saints announced that they will not allow fans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the first games of the season, as they plan to play in an empty into as late as October.

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.

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.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles will not be hosting fans at Lincoln Financial Field for the time being until state officials give them the green light, NBC Philadelphia reports.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Plans for having fans at Heinz field is uncertain, however season ticket holders will get first pick for tickets in 2020, SB Nation reports.

San Francisco 49ers

As of right now, it is uncertain whether the 49ers will be allowed to hold fans at full or limited capacity this season. The team will continue to monitor state officials and make their decision at a later date.

Seattle Seahawks

The state of Washington has already prohibited MLS fans at Sounders games in CenturyLink Field, and there is a high chance that it will do the same to NFL fans, yet a decision has not been made yet.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers hope to allow 25 percent capacity at Ray Jay Stadium, but nothing is official as of right now, the Bucs Nation reports.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans released a plan to the City of Nashville to allow Nissan Stadium to hold fans at a 25 percent capacity. No official word on the City of Nashville’s decision, as they are still monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in the Nashville area.

Washington Football Team

The Washington Football team will play without fans during the 2020 season. The team will work with safety officials as the season furthers if they will continue to disallow fans at FedEx Field or allow fans at limited capacity, NBC Sports reports.

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