The Baltimore Ravens announced that they will have reduced seating capacity due to Covid-19 for the 2020 season, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Their plan at the moment is to open up “fewer that 14,000 seats per game.” M&T Bank Stadium seats over 71,000 people, so the stadium would be at around 20 percent capacity.
The NFL has given each team to set their own attendance policy. Of course, those policies will need to follow local laws, which the Ravens touched on in their statement. Their plan will only work if local ordinances allow that many people in one place.
With a resurgence of Covid-19 across the U.S. and two month until the season starts, there are plenty of variables which could hinder or help the Ravens plans. The NFL has no control over the virus, which will dictate if fans are allowed in stadiums. The NFL season is going to be here before we know it and there’s a real chance that Covid-19 will still be going strong at that time.