By Amy Tennery
July 14 (Reuters) – The New England Patriots’ Gillette Stadium will welcome about 20% of its common crowd at video games this season — if followers are allowed to attend in any respect — the staff mentioned on Tuesday.
The franchise is the most recent within the NFL to undertake social distancing protocols for attendees forward of the upcoming season, which is ready to kick off on Sept. 10, because the variety of new instances of COVID-19 rises in lots of states throughout the U.S.
The six-time Tremendous Bowl winners mentioned that the diminished seating plan on the 65,878 capability stadium was pending state and native approval, as they acknowledged “sport days will look totally different this 12 months.”
“Ticketed events can be requested to keep up bodily distancing of not less than six ft from different events, tickets can be organized in blocks of 10 seats or much less, and the primary eight rows of stadium seats won’t be used,” the Patriots mentioned in a press release.
“Moreover, face coverings can be required always contained in the stadium.”
The league can be implementing its personal measures to scale back the unfold of COVID-19, together with bans on post-game handshakes and jersey swaps, whereas gamers won’t be allowed to work together with followers.
Different groups plan to scale back attendance as nicely.
The Baltimore Ravens informed followers final week that it plans to host not more than 14,000 followers on the 71,000 capability M&T Financial institution Stadium, if any can attend in any respect.
The Cleveland Browns mentioned the chance of taking part in to a full stadium “may be very low” this season, whereas the Inexperienced Bay Packers mentioned that capability at Lambeau Discipline would even be diminished.
(Reporting by Amy Tennery Modifying by Toby Davis)
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