No fans at Gillette for Pats' September home games


So much for the crowd going wild during Cam Newton's New England Patriots debut.

The Patriots' home field, Gillette Stadium, won't be allowed to host fans at any events through "at least the end of September" after consulting with the Massachusetts Reopening Advisory Board, the team announced Tuesday.

That means New England's Sept. 13 season opener against the Miami Dolphins and its Week 3 matchup with the Las Vegas Raiders will be played at an empty Gillette Stadium.

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The New England Revolution, who also call Gillette Stadium home, will play their next three home games (Aug. 20, Aug. 29 and Sept. 2) without fans, as well.

The Patriots said last month they expected Gillette to operate at 20 percent capacity for 2020 home games, but that apparently was wishful thinking as Massachusetts continues to deal with COVID-19.

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The state reported 213 confirmed new cases Monday and considered rolling back the second step of Phase 3 of its reopening plan earlier this month after an uptick in cases.

While the NFL already canceled the 2020 preseason due to COVID-19 concerns, the 2020 regular season still is on schedule. Even if that schedule holds, football in New England will look a lot different in Week 1.