In NFL stadiums where fans are allowed to attend games this fall, there's one item they must come with: a mask.
NFL public relations director Brian McCarthy tweeted out a picture on Wednesday of himself wearing a mask, confirming that all fans that attend games this fall will be required to wear one in 2020.
"For those wondering, yes, it is league-wide: fans at NFL games this season will be required to wear face coverings," McCarthy wrote.
For those wondering, yes, it is league-wide: fans at NFL games this season will be required to wear face coverings pic.twitter.com/D139KGKQ4r— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) July 22, 2020
Earlier this month, the Ravens announced that home games at M&T Bank Stadium will be capped at less than 14,000 fans this fall, should state and local regulations allow it. In Los Angeles, the new SoFi stadium will be capped at approximately 15,000 fans in a stadium that can fit 70,000-plus. These are just two examples of what's to come across the league.
The number of fans that are allowed to attend each game is up to each individual team, as The Athletic reported in June that the NFL will not place a limit on capacity at games.
"Attendance will be a state-by-state, county-by-county thing," an anonymous NFL source told The Athletic. "It will not be a one size fits all."
Additionally, the NFL has said that the first 6-8 rows of lower bowl sections, including field-level suites, will be blocked off this fall to help slow the spread of the virus. Those sections will be covered with tarps, which teams can use to sell advertising, similarly to what the Premier League in England has done.
Regardless if fans are in stands or not, the NFL will look very different this fall.
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