Earlier this week, we mentioned that the University of Texas is planning to have fans at football games at half-full capacity. We haven’t heard a ton out of the NFL as far as what their plans are for number of fans, but a couple teams are starting to share their information.
Today, the Atlanta Falcons announced that they are planning to allow between 10,000 and 20,000 fans at games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium:
We are currently planning to have between 10,000 and 20,000 fans at our games this season. Masks will be required for all fans inside @MBStadium.
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) July 22, 2020
On Tuesday, Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy said that the team was anticipating having about 10,000-12,000 fans at Lambeau Field. Murphy also raised the possibility that there could be no fans, but said 10,000-12,000 was their current estimate. The Packers later sent an email out to season ticket-holders asking them to let the team know soon if they would want to keep their tickets for this season.
While neither of these numbers from the Packers and Falcons are very high, it is at least better than nothing.
Meanwhile, to answer a follow-up question as these announcements are trickling out, NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said today that masks will be required for all fans at games this season:
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
Would you want to attend a football game in a stadium that is 1/5th full or less? It will be an interesting question facing fans this season.