The Ravens can welcome fans back into their stadium for the Nov. 1 NFL game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced Friday.
Roughly 3,000 people will be allowed into the lower bowl seats. Another 800 fans will have access to club-level seats, while 500 people will be seated in suites.
Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order, issued last week, allows for each seating section to be at 10% capacity. Young, who has reopened at a more cautious pace, did not initially commit to allowing fans at M&T Bank Stadium this week.
“I have reviewed the Ravens' plan to return fans to the stadium pursuant to the governor’s recent executive order, and I am pleased to announce we will be allowing fans at the next game,” Young said in a statement. “This exception takes into consideration the amount of thought and detail put into the Ravens' protocols, as well as the size of the location and distancing possible.”
While the total stadium capacity is about 70,000, Baltimore officials will not be opening up the upper bowl for Sunday’s game.
The Ravens already sent an email to permanent seat license owners, allowing them to enter a lottery system and request tickets for the game.
Tailgating is still prohibited at the venue, Young said.
Fans who attend the game are required to wear facial coverings at all times when on stadium grounds, except when eating or drinking.
Baltimore has confirmed roughly 17,000 coronavirus cases, according to its COVID-19 dashboard, and the number of new infections is on the rise compared with a month ago.
Baltimore Sun reporter Daniel Oyefusi contributed to this article.