Which NFL stadiums are permitting followers to attend video games?
Here’s a rundown of where things stand for each NFL team.
Buffalo Bills: The Bills didn’t allow fans to play the sixth week home game against the Chiefs, but three Buffalo players – Harrison Phillips, Long Snapper Reid Ferguson and quarterback Matt Barkley – killed New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D) enable fans to enter the stadium. Cuomo announced weeks ago that he would tour Bills Stadium to learn more about the organization’s plans, although no date has been set for his visit.
Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins allowed a maximum of 13,000 fans – about 20 percent of the Hard Rock Stadium’s capacity – for their home opener in Week 2 (only 11,075 were in attendance). However, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis allows the state’s teams to fill their stadiums. The Dolphins said they plan to keep capacity at 13,000 for their next home game against the Rams on Nov. 1.
New England Patriots: The Patriots haven’t had any fans at Gillette Stadium this season. While nothing official was announced, media members noted during a home game against the Raiders in Week 3 that socially distant markings were being placed on the floors in front of the Gillette Stadium concession stands.
New York Jets: The Jets will play without fans at MetLife Stadium in 2020.
Baltimore Ravens: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) said October 16 that the Ravens and Washington Football Team will be able to welcome fans with 10 percent capacity of their stadiums. On Friday, the Ravens announced that they would have 3,000 fans in the lower bowl, 800 in the club and 2,800 in the upper deck for their November 1st game against the Steelers.
Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns: The Bengals and Browns were initially allowed to host up to 6,000 fans at two home games in September and October. The Ohio Department of Health has given both teams a derogation to accommodate up to 12,000 fans.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) announced that outdoor sporting events in the state could have fans with a capacity of 15 percent up to a maximum of 7,500 starting October 9. Pittsburgh welcomed approximately 5,500 fans for their Week 5 game against the Eagles, and 5,260 attended their Week 6 game against the Browns.
Houston Texans: The Texans had an announced attendance of 12,413 for their week 5 home game against Jacksonville, which is about 17 percent of their stadium’s capacity.
Indianapolis Colts: The team welcomed 12,453 to their home game against the Cincinnati Bengals in week 6 after talking to the local health department.
Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars had an average of just over 15,000 fans in their three home games through week 6, about 22 percent of capacity.
Tennessee Titans: The Titans, who have had a coronavirus outbreak among players and staff, welcomed 8,403 for their home game in week 5 against the Bills and 10,166 the following week against the Texans.
Denver Broncos: Approximately 5,700 fans attended the Broncos’ third week home game against the Bucs.
Kansas City Chiefs: The reigning Super Bowl champion welcomed approximately 16,000 fans to Arrowhead Stadium for each of their two home games this season and had 13,311 available for the Week 5 loss to the Raiders.
Los Angeles Chargers: The Chargers are playing their first season at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California without fans until further notice.
Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys only allowed more than 21,000 fans to play their 80,000-seat home opening game at the 80,000-seat AT&T Stadium, and had a little over 25,000 spectators for their next three home games.
New York Giants: The Giants will play without fans at MetLife Stadium for all of 2020.
Philadelphia Eagles: The city of Philadelphia announced on October 13th that the Eagles could accommodate up to 7,500 fans.
Chicago Bears: In mid-August, the Bears and the City of Chicago agreed that “this is not the time for fans to visit Soldier Field,” despite Bears chairman George McCaskey telling reporters in early September that he was “very optimistic “At least some fans in the stands at some point this season. In mid-September, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot put the likelihood of this at less than 50 percent. The team had not sufficiently communicated its plans to the city. On. On October 14th, Lightfoot replied, “We’ll see,” when asked about fans participating in Bears games.
Detroit Lions: The Lions’ first two home games – against the Bears and Saints – were to be played in an empty stadium. Detroit’s third home game isn’t until November 1st and it was hoping fans would allow it by then. However, on October 2, the team sent fans who had bought tickets to three home games in November a letter saying these sales had been canceled.
Green Bay Packers: The Packers announced on Oct. 6 that fans would not be allowed into Lambeau Field indefinitely as coronavirus cases had emerged in the Green Bay area.
Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings said they hope to let fans in at some point this season but hadn’t made it through their week 6 home game against the Falcons.
Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons had 6,656 fans for their week 5 game against the Panthers.
Carolina Panthers: Starting with their game on October 4th against the Cardinals, the Panthers were allowed to fill their stadium with a capacity of 7 percent (approx. 5,240 fans).
New Orleans Saints: After exploring home games at LSU’s Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, the Saints announced Tuesday that they and Mayor LaToya Cantrell have “agreed to a phased and deliberate pilot approach that allows fans to kick off from the start Saints games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to participate with this weekend’s game against the Carolina Panthers. “Under the plan, season ticket subscribers will have access to 3,000 tickets to this week’s NFC South Matchup. Subject to changes in local health and safety guidelines, that number increases to 6,000 tickets for home games on November 15 and 22 against the 49ers and Falcons. That number will rise again to 15,000 for the December 20th game against the Chiefs and the December 25th game against the Vikings.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Approximately 6,000 fans participated in the week four matchup in Tampa Bay with the Chargers, and the team drew 15,540 fans for the October 18 game against the Packers. Florida allows the Bucs to completely fill their stadium, although Tampa Bay has yet to announce that it will.
Arizona Cardinals: The team will allow approximately 1,200 subscribers to play Sunday’s home game against the Seahawks. The Cardinals said in a statement that “decisions about fans playing home games after October 25 will be made and announced at a later date”.
Los Angeles Rams: The Rams are playing their first season at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, with no fans until further notice.
San Francisco 49ers: Although the state of California announced on Tuesday that fewer fans would be attending outdoor events, officials in Santa Clara County, where Levi’s Stadium is located, said this will not be “anytime soon” with county executive Jeff Smith the idea of opening stadiums would happen to be labeled “dangerous”.
Seattle Seahawks: The team announced on Thursday that their fourth home game, slated for November 1st against the 49ers, would be played without fans. The team had previously announced before the start of the season that the first three home games would take place without fans. The decision about future games should be made at a later date.