Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers Plan for Some Fans at Games

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:

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:

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.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. Hey Ryan,
    The coronavirus supposedly hangs in the air for a long time. A/C circulation systems/ventilation sounds like it could be an issue for indoor stadiums like Atlanta. Just wondering.

  2. I would certainly not attend games if required to wear a mask. If I’m sitting 10 feet away from the nearest person in a 20% full cavernous stadium it’s a bit ridiculous to require a mask. IMO there’s little logic to be found in any of these arbitrary CYA rules, and many fans will just not go if they’re going to be hassled after being asked to fork over hundreds of dollars. Period.

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