2020 is certainly a year with a lot of moving parts. The NBA has their bubble, the NHL has hub cities, and Major League Baseball continues to try and work through positive coronavirus tests of its players.
With NFL training camps on the horizon, the next big question in sports centers around if the league will have to improvise their upcoming season. As of now, one question seems to be answered, the Washington Football Team is planning for fans in the stands this fall.
"As of right now we are still planning to have fans," Executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer Terry Bateman told the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Thursday. "We have some criteria that's been laid out for safe distancing. I don't know what the actual number will be of total fans, but the key criteria for any of us in this business is safety. That's got to be first."
Obviously, as with so many other things surrounding the NFL and their COVID-19 protocols, Washington has been in touch with the league on a regular basis evaluating how to approach this scenario.
"If we can bring people into the stadium safely, according to the league rules, according to the local county and state jurisdictions we have to follow," continued Bateman. "And I'm sure it's going to be changing consistently based on what's going on, so I just don't know."
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.
Fans in attendance would also be required to wear masks.
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