This week, the Cincinnati Bengals emailed season-ticket holders about the team’s plans for the 2020 season.
As expected, the team will be requiring all fans to wear face coverings, while fan attendance will be drastically reduced to help combat the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
@Bengals Captain posted the update on Twitter. Here is a recap of the key points to know:
Guidelines for fans attending games:
- All fans must wear a face covering at all times unless actively eating or drinking.
- Fans are required to socially distance, and this will be enforced at all times.
- Tailgating in the PBS parking lots will be prohibited.
- Capacity at Paul Brown Stadium will be drastically reduced to make it easier for fans to social distance.
- The first eight rows of the lower level will be blocked off (more on there here).
Season ticket options for 2020 season:
The Bengals have outlined two options for fans looking to purchase or renew season tickets:
1. Fans who attend games this season are subject to the stadium’s re-seating plan.
2. Fans are allowed to opt-out of the 2020 season but preserve their seats for the 2021 season.
Most of these changes have already been implemented by other NFL teams. Just this week, the Pittsburgh Steelers announced all fans must wear face coverings at Heinz Field. The Baltimore Ravens announced maximum fan attendance at M&T Bank Stadium would be reduced from 71,000 fans down to around 14,000 for the 2020 season. Around that number is what we should probably expect to see the Bengals allow at Paul Brown Stadium next season.
It’s sad to see fan attendance will be reduced significantly while tailgating is prohibited, but this is the world we live in now.
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