As training camps continue, NFL fans nation-wide are curious as to whether or not they will have the opportunity to attend games once the season begins.
Since every state has different health guidelines and COVID-19 safety protocols, fan participation depends on where the event is being held. Some teams have already said they will be playing with no fans, while others will host fans at a limited capacity.
Many teams are still waiting to see how circumstances change before making a decision. The following is how each side stands in regards to hosting fans during the regular season.
Last month, the state of New York announced that fans would be prohibited from attending live sporting events and from tailgating around the stadium. If circumstances improve and limited capacity attendance is allowed, the Bills will offer priority seating to season-ticket holders. If they choose to hold off on attending until the 2021 season, season-ticket holders can suspend their commitment.
COVID-19 cases are still a considerable concern in Miami, especially considering the Marlins had to cancel several MLB regular-season games after players, coaches, and staff tested positive for the virus. Because of uncertainty, the Dolphins have yet to decide whether they will host fans at the Hard Rock Stadium. This information should come in recent weeks after consultations with several health experts and government officials.
New England Patriots
Previously, the Patriots announced they would be hosting fans at limited capacity at Gillette Stadium. Pending state and local approval, the stadium will be limited to about 20% capacity. Those who choose to attend are required to abide by social distancing guidelines, which includes maintaining a minimum distance of 6 feet between parties.
New York Jets
As of now, fans are not permitted to attend Jets games at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Governor Phil Murphy announced the order could be changed based on the circumstances.
The Ravens have yet to officially announce their decision considering state and local governments have yet to decide whether fans will be allowed to attend. But, the Ravens are planning on hosting fans at the M&T Bank Stadium at reduced capacity.
As of July, the Bengals have said if they are allowed to have fans, it will be a reduced capacity to comply with social distancing protocols. The Bengals also require fans to wear face coverings, and tailgating at the stadium will not be allowed.
The Browns have yet to decide on the topic.
The Steelers will be hosting a limited number of fans, although the capacity percentage is still in question. As of now, season-ticket holders have the highest chance of seeing the Steelers play at Heinz Field.
The Texans have yet to decide if they will be hosting fans. Their website claims if they can entertain fans, it will be at a limited capacity, around 50%.
The Colts have decided to host fans at 25% capacity for the regular season. The team offers two packages, Plan A and Plan B. Plan A includes home games against Baltimore and Houston. Plan B features home games against New York and Cincinnati.
As of now, Jaguars season ticket-holders were told the team would be filing the stadium at 25% capacity.
The Titans are planning on having fans at games in a limited capacity. They have yet to determine the number. By reducing size, the Titans want to promote social distancing and will also offer increased sanitization methods.
The Broncos are proceeding with caution and have yet to decide whether or not they will be hosting fans.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs have decided to sell tickets on a single-game basis. They plan on having home games with reduced capacity, although a number has yet to be determined.
Las Vegas Raiders
Earlier this week, Raiders owner Mark Davis announced fans would not be allowed to attend home games this season.
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers have yet to make an official decision regarding fan attendance. It is expected that their limitations will be similar to those of the Rams’ considering they share SoFi Stadium.
Although an exact number has not been determined, the Cowboys plan on having fans in attendance for the upcoming regular season. Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced stadiums could host up to 50% capacity of attendees.
New York Giants
According to Governor Phil Murphy’s recent order, no fans will be allowed at MetLife Stadium unless circumstances improve.
The state of Philadelphia does not allow outdoor events of more than 50 people, which means no chance at having fans in the stands. If circumstances were to improve, fans could be able to attend events.
Washington Football Team
An exact number has yet to be announced, but the Washington Football Team is planning on having fans attend games. They sent out a message to season-ticket holders, which included a requirement to wear face masks if they participate.
The Bears have to wait until Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signs off on legislation allowing fans to attend home games at Soldier Field. Much like the Chiefs, the Bears plan on offering single-game tickets.
As of July 29, no live audiences are permitted at sporting events in Wayne County where Ford Field is located. The Lions are waiting for guidance from the state and circumstances to manifest before making a decision.
Green Bay Packers
The Packers have yet to decide on whether or not they will be hosting fans. If they do, there will be no more than 12,000 people at Lambeau Field.
The Vikings have not made an official announcement but have suggested they will be playing games at a reduced capacity.
The team is planning to host a limited capacity of 10,000-20,000 people inside of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Falcons officials are approaching the situation with caution as they acknowledge circumstances could change.
Although the team has not made an official statement, team owner David Tepper publicly said he believes fans will be in attendance this season.
New Orleans Saints
The Saints do not have a finalized plan in regards to fan attendance for the upcoming season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers have yet to determine at what capacity they will be hosting home games. Season-ticket holders have been given a refund or a rollover credit as well as priority to single-game 2020 tickets.
The Cardinals have not publicly announced a decision as coronavirus cases remain at high numbers.
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams have announced it is a possibility that no fans will be allowed to attend home games this season. In the event they are allowed to, SoFi Stadium will be capped at 15,000 fans.
San Francisco 49ers
There has been no official decision made by the 49ers in regards to fan attendance.
The Seahawks have yet to announce whether or not they will be hosting fans at games. As of now, the team has given season-ticket holders the option to opt-out of the 2020 season.