Maryland will allow up to 10% capacity at the two stadiums in the state that are home to NFL teams, Gov. Larry Hogan said Friday, meaning several thousand fans could attend games.
The announcement affects M&T Bank Stadium, where the Baltimore Ravens play, and FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, where the Washington Football Team plays.
M&T Bank Stadium has a total capacity of 71,008 and FedEx Field has a capacity of 82,000.
Since FedEx Field is in Prince George's County, it’s up to County Executive Angela Alsobrooks’ office. They said, "We are reviewing the governor’s order, and our health officials will be in conversation with the Washington Football Team to determine next steps.”
Neither team plays at home this weekend. The next home game for the Ravens is Nov. 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The next home game for Washington is Oct. 25 against the Dallas Cowboys.
Face coverings and physical distancing will be required. Social gatherings such as tailgating will be prohibited.
The stadiums have been limited to 250 spectators at recent games. Those seats have been set aside mostly for players' relatives.
The Republican governor wrote on Twitter he is taking the steps as Maryland’s key health metrics for the coronavirus remain “low and stable.”
The order applies to other outdoor entertainment venues that have a capacity of more than 2,500.