Though it's still unclear as to whether or not fans will be permitted to attend NFL games this fall and winter, the Baltimore Ravens are beginning to put a contingency plan in place.
Should fans be allowed to enter M&T Bank Stadium under Maryland state and local law regulations during the 2020 season, there will be fewer than 14,000 seats available, the team announced in a release and email to Permanent Seat License Owners on Wednesday. The stadium has 71,008 seats.
"To offer a proper level of safety for fans who want to attend games, a reduction in capacity is necessary," Ravens president Dick Cass said. "We are disappointed that this will be a disruption for many ticket buyers, but we have an obligation to our fans and our community to keep M&T Bank Stadium as safe as possible."
Single-game ticket sales have currently been put on hold and will resume once more information about potential seating in the stadium is acquired. PSL owners will have the first priority at buying the tickets for games in 2020.
As for those who have already purchased 2020 single-game or season tickets, the Ravens have begun the process of compensating buyers. Those who had 2020 season tickets will have their seats protected and deferred to the 2021 campaign. Credits can also be sent to an account for later use or refunded. Fans who bought single-game tickets will be given refunds.
As Baltimore prepares for a potential season with reduced capacity, there's no guarantee that any fans will be in attendance. The league has already cut the preseason down to two games, with the NFLPA asking that it be eliminated in total. Additionally, the NFL has reportedly proposed a 35% pay cut for players to counteract financial losses they will suffer this season.
With training camp set to begin at the end of July, plenty of unanswered questions about how the season will play out amid the coronavirus pandemic remain.
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