Giants and Jets fans won’t be able to watch their teams at MetLife Stadium until futher notice, but at least they won’t be alone in missing a chance to see a potential 2020 NFL season in person.
When the season began, 26 of the NFL’s 32 teams played their home openers with no fans in attendance as a precaution during the coronavirus pandemic. Six teams allowed a reduced capacity for their first home game, and others soon joined in.
As of Week 4, 11 teams have welcomed fans or expect to in the near future, while 21 still have no formally announced plans to do so.
Here’s a look at how each NFL team is handling attendance for the planned season's opening kickoff.
No fans attended the first two home games of the Cardinals’ season at State Farm Stadium because of state guidelines restricting large gatherings. No decisions on future games have been made.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta had no fans for the first two Falcons home games, as well as all Atlanta United soccer matches in September, but will begin to welcome fans inside for both sports beginning Oct. 11, the team announced.
No fans will be permitted at Ravens games until further notice after discussions with local health and government officials, the team said. Some family members of players and staff were permitted for the team's Week 3 game in preparation of allowing fans in the future.
After initially saying only the first two home games at Bills Stadium would be played with no fans because of state public health guidelines restricting specators at professional sporting events, the Bills announced that will continue for the forseeable future.
Week 1 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte did not include fans. The Panthers said they would continue working with local officials to receive approval for their safety plan for the remainder of the season. Following the lifting of a restriction on larger gatherings, the Panthers now will host around 5,200 fans for their Week 4 home game.
The Bears and the City of Chicago announced that games at Soldier Field would not include fans until it is deemed "safe and appropriate."
The Bengals did not host fans at Paul Brown Stadium for their home opener after they were not granted an exemption by the state of Ohio on guidelines limiting sporting events to 1,500 people. However, the team has been granted a variance to the guidlines for two October games, allowing for about 6,000 fans each.
After receiving a variance to a state order barring fans from games, the Browns hosted 6,000 fans (about 10% capacity) at FirstEnergy Stadium for its opener and will continue to do so.
The Cowboys allowed nearly 22,000 fans (25% capacity) in attendance for its home opener and will continue to do so this season.
No fans attended the Broncos home opener at Empower Field at Mile High, but the team allowed 5,700 fans (about 7.5% capacity for its Week 3 game.
The Lions will not have fans at Ford Field through October, which amounts to their first two home games. A decision will be made on future games in collaboration with local officials.
Green Bay Packers
Lambeau Field will be fan-less for the Packers' first two home games of 2020, with "the status of the virus" determining whether fans could attend later in the season.
No fans attended the Texans' first home game of the season as the pandemic in Houston was at its "highest threat level." While the club said the state of the panemic would determine whether fans would be allowed at NRG Stadium for subsequent games, the team was approved to allow 13,300 fans (about 20% capacity) for its Week 4 game despite the local "threat level" remaining steady.
The Colts were permitted to host up to 2,500 fans (about 3.5% cacpacity) for their home opener, a number that increased to 7,500 (about 10.7% capacity) for its second home game of the season in Week 3.
The Jaguars plan to allow around 17,000 fans (25% capacity) at TIAA Bank Field this season.
The defending Super Bowl champions expect to play before about 16,000 fans (22% capacity) for early season games.
Las Vegas Radiers
The Raiders' entire first season in their new city will be played behind closed doors at Allegiant Stadium.
Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams
The newly-finished SoFi Stadium will have no fans in attendance for Chargers and Rams games until public health condititions "significantly improve."
A maximum 13,000 fans (about 20% capacity) will be allowed at Hard Rock Stadium for the Dolphins' opening game of the season.
The Vikings will host their first two home games at U.S. Bank Stadium without fans due to state restrictions limiting indoor event capacity to 250, however some family attended their Week 3 home game in preparatin of an eventual return of fans.
New England Patriots
The first two Patriots home games had no fans as Gillette Stadium was not permitted to hold any events with fans, including Patriots and Revolution home games, until at least the end of September. No decicison has been made on future home games for either team.
New Orleans Saints
No fans attended the Saints' home opener, and the team did not receive clearance for fans at its second home game. A decision on future games has yet to be announced.
Giants and Jets
The Jets and Giants are unable to host fans as of now because of an executive order by Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey limiting outdoor gatherings to 500 people.
Eagles games with fans in attendance at Lincoln Financial Field will not be permitted by the state or city until further notice.
The Steelers did not have fans at Heinz Field for their first two home games "given the current conditions and state orders." No decision has been made on future home games.
San Francisco 49ers
No fans will attend the Niners' home opener at Levi's Stadium in accordance with local public health guidance. No specators will be allowed for their Week 4 game, and no future plans have yet to be announced.
At least the first three Seahawks home games of the season will be played with no fans at CenturyLink Field based on guidance from local public health officials. A decision for their fourth home game of the season, slated for Nov. 1, has yet to be made.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs originally planned not to host fans for the first two home games of the Tom Brady Era at Raymond James Stadium, and followed through for the home opener. However, the team has since announced it will allow some longtime season-ticket holders to attend its Week 4 game.
Nashville officialls said the Titans would not be allowed to have fans at Nissan Stadium for their home opener. The team was expecting fans to return at increasing capacity beginning Week 4 against the Steelers, but that game has been postponed because of COVID-19 cases among the Titans players and staff.
Washington Football Team
FedEx Field will host no fans throughout the 2020 season for Washington games "out of an abundance of caution."