The Ravens' Week 6 road game against the Philadelphia Eagles will mark their first of the season in front of a substantial crowd of fans.
The City of Philadelphia has permitted crowd sizes of up to 7,500 people at outdoor venues, opening the door for the Eagles to welcome fans to Lincoln Financial Field for the first time this season. The Eagles have already played two home games, a Week 2 loss to the Los Angeles Rams and a Week 3 tie with the Cincinnati Bengals.
The 7,500-person limit at Lincoln Financial Field includes players, coaches, team and stadium personnel, media and fans. According to an ESPN report, about 5,500 to 6,000 fans will be in attendance.
The Ravens opened the 2020 season at home against the Cleveland Browns with no fans at M&T Bank Stadium. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan relaxed more coronavirus restrictions in September, allowing the Ravens to welcome 250 family members of players, coaches and team staff for their Week 3 game against the Kansas City Chiefs and last Sunday’s game against the Bengals.
A spokesman for Hogan told The Baltimore Sun on Friday that no changes to the state’s stadium policy were imminent.
At his weekly news conference, Ravens coach John Harbaugh took time to express his disappointment with the lack of fans at home games so far this season.
“You guys and gals as a media corps, you see it in the stadium, but it’s quite a different atmosphere,” Harbaugh said Monday. "I just want to say, we miss our fans. We have a great fan base; that stadium would’ve been rocking and rolling [Sunday], and they would’ve been fired up for what they saw. I think they would’ve been really into the game.
“And not just that, but the interactions with the fans, driving in and seeing them tailgating, the cheering, the high-fives, the smiling faces, the not-so smiling faces sometimes, all the different things that kind of go into that. I just wanted to mention that. We have great fans, even on the road. We miss you. We hear you. We know you’re out there. We know you’re cheering, and we really appreciate you.”
Baltimore Sun reporter Jonas Shaffer contributed to this article.