If the Ravens can have fans M&T Bank Stadium this season, there will be far fewer than originally hoped for.
A team spokesman told The Baltimore Sun on Wednesday that the Ravens have submitted plans to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young detailing how they could safely host as many as 7,500 fans per game in 2020.
The revised attendance figure represents a nearly 50% drop from the team’s first reduced-seating capacity. In July, the Ravens announced that social-distancing guidelines and fan safety protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic would limit attendance at the 71,000-seat stadium to no more than 14,000.
A final decision is not expected for several weeks.
“We continue to explore the possibly of having fans at our games this year,” the spokesman said. “We will continue to work with local and state government and health officials in reviewing, and if necessary, modifying our plans.”
News of the reduction comes on the same day the Washington Football Team announced that NFL games at Landover’s FedEx Field would be played without fans this season. The team cited an “abundance of caution due to the rapidly changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic.” The New York Giants, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and Las Vegas Raiders had already decided on playing their home games in empty stadiums this year, and other teams are still formulating reduced-capacity plans.
As the Ravens announced in July, permanent-seat-license owners will have priority in purchasing individual game tickets this season once an updated stadium manifest is finalized. Seat locations for all fans will be protected and offered for renewal next season. Credits for funds paid toward the 2020 season can be applied to renewal next season or future ticket purchases. Single-game and season-ticket refunds can also be requested.