After everything was shut down in March due to the corona virus, sporting events are slowly making a comeback.
The NBA and NHL have placed their teams in a bubble and are playing games with no fans in the stands. Baseball has also returned with no fans but the teams are traveling from city to city albeit in a limited capacity environment and have seen a number of issues and virus outbreaks.
NASCAR was the first sport to make a return and has even allowed fans in the stands in a limited capacity at a few tracks.
As the beginning of camp looms, the NFL must now decide how it will handle the issue of playing games with or without fans.
Playing games without any fans will have a huge negative impact on the NFL’s economic picture since the teams depend on TV deals and fans to keep them running.
Instead of a League wide policy, each team is approaching the issue separately; while some teams have released information on the season, others are still holding out hope for allowing fans or are awaiting word from government officials.
The Atlanta Falcons will limit the number of fans allowed inside Mercedes-Benz stadium to 10 to 20 thousand. The Falcons are also keeping their options open depending on how the situation changes in relation to the virus.
Currently the Baltimore Ravens have deferred season tickets to the 2021 season; adding that if and when regulations allow, fans will be permitted in M&T Bank Stadium but at a very limited capacity.
The Buffalo Bills have also deferred all 2020 season tickets to next season and are still waiting for word from New York State on whether fans will be allowed to watch the games at New Era Field.
The Cincinnati Bengals are also awaiting news from government officials on whether fans will be allowed at the games; but at a significantly reduced capacity. Even if fans are allowed, tailgating will not be permitted.
The Green Bay Packers have not announced plans for the fans past the first two games where the stands will remain empty. The Packers is the only team in the NFL that is owned by the city of Green Bay and the fans.
The Houston Texans will allow a maximum of 14,000 fans in NRG Stadium; adding that fans must wear face coverings throughout the game expect for when they are eating or drinking.
The Indianapolis Colts will allow a maximum of 25 percent capacity at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Jacksonville Jaguars will also be allowing a maximum of 25 percent capacity; adding that any increase in capacity will depend on government health and safety protocols.
The Las Vegas Raiders were set to open their new Allegiant Stadium this season but due to the corona virus, fans will have to wait for another season to see the new home of the Raiders…except on television. No fans will be allowed in the stadium this season.
The New England Patriots have announced that they will allow a 20 percent capacity at Gillette Stadium; adding that any plans to admit fans will require approval from government officials.
The New Orleans Saints have only announced that no fans will be permitted to attend the season opener in the Superdome; they have made no announcement past the first game.
Both the New York Giants and Jets play their games at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey; due to continued lockdown rules, there will be no fans permitted at the games until further notice.
Already a tumultuous season for the team in Washington, no fans will be allowed to attend the games at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.