Where each of the 32 NFL teams stands on allowing fans into stadiums

As the Cleveland Browns hosted the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night to kick off Week 2 of the 2020 NFL regular season, roughly 6,000 fans attended the game at Cleveland’s FirstEnergy Stadium.

But the Browns are one of the few teams allowing fans as of Week 2.

Attending games at stadiums across the country depends on where and when. Guidelines vary from state to state regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Some teams have announced they will proceed with limited capacities, while others have said they will play with no fans in the interim.

We asked each of our NFL Nation reporters to check with team officials to see where things stand as of Thursday:


Buffalo Bills

Stadium: Bills Stadium

Capacity: 71,608

What we know: The Bills announced Aug. 25 that no fans will be permitted in the stadium for the team’s first two regular-season home games, against the New York Jets (this past Sunday) and against the Los Angeles Rams (Sept. 27). — Marcel Louis-Jacques

Miami Dolphins

Stadium: Hard Rock Stadium

Capacity: 65,326

What we know: The Dolphins are allowing fans — a maximum of 13,000, or 20% capacity — for Sunday’s home opener against Buffalo. The expectation is that having fans in the stands will continue, with possibly a larger capacity as the season goes along if everything goes according to plan. Season-ticket holders will get priority on attending games, with information on single-game tickets and suites available at a later time. All fans will be required to wear masks along with several other guidelines including socially distanced seat clusters, touchless entry and food ordering, timed fan entry, and no smoking or tailgating. Dolphins vice chairman and CEO Tom Garfinkel said the team put the “attention to detail and diligence into creating a safe environment,” and elected officials made the final call to allow fans for the opener. — Cameron Wolfe

New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium

Capacity: 66,829

What we know: The Patriots will not have fans at regular-season games through at least September, which accounts for the home opener against the Dolphins (this past Sunday) and a game against the Raiders two weeks later (Sept. 27). Officials are hopeful to possibly have fans later in the season, pending local and state approval. — Mike Reiss

New York Jets

Stadium: MetLife Stadium

Capacity: 82,500

What we know: No fans are permitted to watch the Jets at MetLife Stadium, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced in July in conjunction with the Jets and Giants. They said the order is in place “until further notice.” — Rich Cimini


Baltimore Ravens

Stadium: M&T Bank Stadium

Capacity: 71,008

What we know: The Ravens, who based their decision on the recommendations of public health experts, announced on Aug. 24 that they’re not hosting fans at M&T Bank Stadium for “at least the initial part” of the 2020 regular season. — Jamison Hensley

Cincinnati Bengals

Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium

Capacity: 65,515

What we know: The Bengals and Browns were granted a waiver to have a limited number of fans in attendance. Cincinnati is allowed to have 6,000 fans for the Oct. 4 game against Jacksonville and on Oct. 25 against Cleveland. The waiver is part of a trial run. — Ben Baby

Cleveland Browns

Stadium: FirstEnergy Stadium

Capacity: 67,895

What we know: Like in the home opener, the Browns will be allowed to have 6,000 fans in the stands on Sept. 27 against Washington, with 1,500 spread out on each side of the stadium. — Jake Trotter

Pittsburgh Steelers

Stadium: Heinz Field

Capacity: 68,400

What we know: In an email sent to season-ticket holders on Aug. 27, the Steelers announced there will be no fans at Heinz Field for at least the first two home games — Sunday against the Denver Broncos and Sept. 27 against the Houston Texans. After that, the Steelers are scheduled to host the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 11 and the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 18. The team has not updated any details about fan attendance for those games. — Brooke Pryor


Houston Texans

Stadium: NRG Stadium

Capacity: 72,220

What we know: The Texans will not have fans at NRG Stadium for the home opener on Sunday against Baltimore. On Thursday, the Texans announced they’re waiting approval from city and Harris County officials to allow up to 15,000 fans into NRG Stadium for the team’s second home game, against Minnesota on Oct. 4. — Sarah Barshop

Indianapolis Colts

Stadium: Lucas Oil Stadium

Capacity: 67,000

What we know: The Colts will go from having 2,500 fans at Sunday’s home game against Minnesota to having 7,500 fans at their Week 3 game against the Jets (Sept. 27). — Mike Wells

Jacksonville Jaguars

Stadium: TIAA Bank Field

Capacity: 67,164

What we know: The Jaguars told season-ticket holders they will be able to seat approximately 25% of TIAA Bank Field’s capacity at each home game in 2020. The stadium holds 67,164, so the capacity will be 16,791. The team said any possible increase in capacity will depend on developments regarding the coronavirus as well as any local, state or federal instructions. — Mike DiRocco

Tennessee Titans

Stadium: Nissan Stadium

Capacity: 69,143

What we know: Starting with the Titans’ second home game of the season, against Pittsburgh on Oct. 4, attendance will be at 10%, with an increase to 12.5% against Buffalo on Oct. 11 and a rise to 15% against Houston on Oct. 18. The plan is to bump up to 21% (max capacity allowed at Nissan Stadium) in November and maintain that capacity through the end of the home slate. — Turron Davenport


Denver Broncos

Stadium: Empower Field at Mile High

Capacity: 76,125

What we know: The Broncos had 500 or so friends and family members of staff and players at Monday’s season opener against Tennessee. State and local officials have cleared the Broncos to have 5,700 fans at the Sept. 27 game against Tampa Bay. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said in recent weeks a decision on other Broncos’ home games would not be made until later and that it will be determined by the number of COVID-19 cases in Denver County and the surrounding communities. — Jeff Legwold

Kansas City Chiefs

Stadium: Arrowhead Stadium

Capacity: 72,936

What we know: The Chiefs announced an attendance of 15,895 for their opener on Sept. 10 and are selling tickets for a similarly sized crowd at their next two home games, on Oct. 4 against the Patriots and Oct. 11 against the Raiders. They have yet to announce their plans for the final five regular-season games at Arrowhead Stadium but have said they could adjust attendance for those games after assessing how well things went during their first three. — Adam Teicher

Las Vegas Raiders

Stadium: Allegiant Stadium

Capacity: 65,000

What we know: Raiders owner Mark Davis emailed Raiders season-ticket holders to tell them that fans will not be allowed at home games this season. He also said earlier that if no fans could attend home games, neither would he. It is a unique situation for the Raiders, who have moved into a sparkling new 65,000-seat, $1.9 billion palace off the Las Vegas Strip. — Paul Gutierrez

Los Angeles Chargers

Stadium: SoFi Stadium

Capacity: 72,240

What we know: The Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams and SoFi Stadium announced on Aug. 25 that both Rams and Chargers home games will be held without fans in attendance until further notice. — Lindsey Thiry


Dallas Cowboys

Stadium: AT&T Stadium

Capacity: 80,000

What we know: An official attendance count has not been made by the team, but coach Mike McCarthy said there will be 25% capacity at AT&T Stadium. That would put Sunday’s home opener figure at roughly 20,000 fans to see the Cowboys host the Falcons. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has allowed stadiums to have 50% capacity, but the Cowboys want to follow strict guidelines to comply with league and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols. The capacity for Cowboys games could grow depending on the success of early games. Fans who will attend games will have to practice social distancing, mask wearing, seating in pods to keep distance between groups and no paper tickets. All food, beverage and retail sales will be cashless and there will be security scans for fans and distanced tailgating. — Todd Archer

New York Giants

Stadium: MetLife Stadium

Capacity: 82,500

What we know: No fans are allowed at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey “until further notice.” This according to an executive order from Gov. Phil Murphy that caps outdoor gatherings at 500 people. It makes it unlikely the Giants will have fans at games until (optimistically) later in the season. The same applies to the Jets. Giants co-owner John Mara said prior to the season he’s hopeful fans can be at games at some point this season, but is not overly optimistic. — Jordan Raanan

Philadelphia Eagles

Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field

Capacity: 69,596

What we know: Philadelphia prohibits outdoor events involving more than 50 people, meaning there will be no fans in the stands for now. The mayor’s office called it a “fluid situation,” though, leaving open the possibility that fans could be allowed to attend at some point this season should circumstances change for the better. — Tim McManus

Washington Football Team

Stadium: FedEx Field

Capacity: 82,000

What we know: Washington will not have any fans attend home games this season. In a statement, franchise owner Dan Snyder said the unpredictability of the coronavirus led him to this decision. The franchise was among the first to shut down its facility and allow employees to work from home. Washington also said its decision would be reevaluated if the pandemic situation improves during the course of the season. — John Keim


Chicago Bears

Stadium: Soldier Field

Capacity: 61,500

What we know: Bears chairman George McCaskey said the team and city have worked together to devise a plan that would permit fans to attend games at Soldier Field, but infection rates in Chicago are still too high to allow any fans in the stands. McCaskey added that the health and safety of city residents and Bears fans take priority. Illinois is arguably the most restrictive Midwestern state in terms of sports participation — at all levels — amid the COVID-19 pandemic. — Jeff Dickerson

Detroit Lions

Stadium: Ford Field

Capacity: 65,000

What we know: The Lions had no fans in the stands against Chicago this past Sunday and will continue that trend for the Oct. 4 home game against New Orleans. Lions team president Rod Wood said in a statement the Lions are going to evaluate the situation for fans for later in the season. — Michael Rothstein

Green Bay Packers

Stadium: Lambeau Field

Capacity: 81,441

What we know: The Packers won’t allow fans for at least the first two home games (Sunday against the Lions and Oct. 5 against the Falcons). The first chance for any fans at Lambeau Field won’t come until Nov. 1 against the Vikings. At that point, it will be no more than 10,000 to 12,000 fans. “We are hopeful that we will be able to host fans for games later in the season, should conditions allow,” Packers president Mark Murphy said when he announced the policy for the first two home games. “We will continue to consult with community health care and public health officials on the pandemic conditions in our area. We ask our fans to continue to help by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing guidelines.” — Rob Demovsky

Minnesota Vikings

Stadium: U.S. Bank Stadium

Capacity: 66,655

What we know: The Vikings announced in August that there will be no fans allowed for the first two home games (this past Sunday and Sept. 27) of the season, but co-owner/president Mark Wilf said last week that the franchise is working with government officials to open the stadium at some point. “We do have a plan in place, and that is our goal, to get fans back into the stadium,” Wilf said. — Courtney Cronin


Atlanta Falcons

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Capacity: 71,000

What we know: The Falcons decided to go with no fans for the month of September, including this past Sunday’s season opener against Seattle and the Sept. 27 matchup with the Bears. — Vaughn McClure

Carolina Panthers

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium

Capacity: 75,523

What we know: The Panthers did not allow fans in the stands for their opener against Las Vegas, and they will reevaluate before their second home game on Oct. 4 based on whether state regulations allow for it. The team is hopeful it will be allowed to have about 16,000 fans when it hosts the Cardinals in Week 4. — David Newton

New Orleans Saints

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Capacity: 73,208

What we know: The Saints are working toward having fans back in the Superdome. They have gotten approval from the state but not yet from the New Orleans mayor. So as of now, fans will not be allowed to attend the Week 3 Sunday night game against Green Bay, with the rest of the home schedule still TBD. The Saints won their season opener against visiting Tampa Bay with no fans in attendance. — Mike Triplett

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium

Capacity: 65,890

What we know: The Bucs announced Sept. 2 that their first two home games, Sunday and Oct. 4, will be played without fans. In a letter to fans, Buccaneers chief operating officer Brian Ford said that based on conversations with public health officials and medical guidance, “We have determined that it is not yet the right time to welcome fans back to Raymond James Stadium.” Ford added that “should current trends continue to improve, we plan to welcome fans back when we host the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 18.” — Jenna Laine


Arizona Cardinals

Stadium: State Farm Stadium

Capacity: 63,400

What we know: The Cardinals announced on Aug. 28 that they will not have fans in attendance for the team’s first two home games — Sunday’s visit from Washington and the Week 3 game against Detroit (Sept. 27). “We will continue to work with state and local officials in the weeks ahead to determine whether we may be in position to host a limited number of fans later in the season,” Cardinals officials said. — Josh Weinfuss

Los Angeles Rams

Stadium: SoFi Stadium

Capacity: 72,240

What we know: The Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams and SoFi Stadium announced on Aug. 25 that both Rams and Chargers home games will be held without fans in attendance until further notice. — Lindsey Thiry

San Francisco 49ers

Stadium: Levi’s Stadium

Capacity: 68,500

What we know: The 49ers, complying with public health guidelines from the state of California and Santa Clara County officials, did not have fans in attendance for Sunday’s game against Arizona. The team will continue to work with officials regarding a decision on future home games, with the 49ers’ next home game set for Oct. 4 against Philadelphia. — Nick Wagoner

Seattle Seahawks

Stadium: CenturyLink Field

Capacity: 69,000

What we know: The Seahawks announced on Aug. 19 that they would not have fans at CenturyLink Field for “at least” their first three homes games: Sunday’s game against New England, against Dallas on Sept. 27 and against Minnesota on Oct. 11. — Brady Henderson

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