Patriots announce reduced capacity and preliminary protocols

By Sports Desk July 14, 2020

The New England Patriots on Tuesday became the latest NFL team to announce they will host significantly reduced-capacity crowds at home games this season, pending state and local government approval. 

The team said they plan to play in front of about 20 per cent capacity if fans are allowed in Gillette Stadium this season.

The Patriots also said fans would be required to wear masks at all times and adhere to social distancing of at least six feet.

The team earlier had said that parking for home games would be free at all Gillette Stadium lots, and all tickets would be mobile.

New England's first regular-season home game is scheduled for September 13 against the Miami Dolphins. The team's preseason schedule has not been finalised but it is likely that one of the two games will be at home if a preseason is held.

The Baltimore Ravens and Green Bay Packers are two of the teams that previously announced plans for reduced capacity at home games this season.

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