The Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings haven’t had any fans at their 2020 home games because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but both clubs are hoping to receive approval shortly.
Per SouthBMore.com, the Ravens sent out an email to season ticket holders, informing them that they’ve held discussions with Mayor Bernard Young about possibly welcoming a limited number of fans for the Week 8 home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Last week, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan gave the green light for stadiums to hold up to 10 percent capacity, meaning the Ravens could allow around 7,000 fans at M&T Bank Stadium.
In the email, the Ravens (who have more than 21,000 season ticket holders) also said that they’ll use a lottery system “for the most equitable ticket-purchase process.” Season ticket holders must submit a lottery request for the game against Pittsburgh.
The Vikings are hopeful about receiving approval from Governor Tim Waltz to have some fans. But as Rochelle Olson of the Star Tribune noted, there aren’t any indicators to suggest the team will receive the thumbs up from Waltz.
“We believe it’s our responsibility to our fans to try to have them at games,” Vikings COO Miller said, per Olson. “It does create more energy for the players on the field.”
The Vikings sit at 1-5 on the season. They’ve lost all three of their home games, and it’s evident that they miss the passionate fans who provided such a massive home field advantage.
The Ravens are 5-1 on the season, and they’ve won all three of their 2020 home contests thus far. Minnesota and Baltimore each have five home games remaining on their respective schedules.
So far, 15 NFL teams have allowed a limited number of fans at their 2020 home games. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles recently received approval to host up to 7,500 fans for their respective home games. Several other teams have yet to make a final decision in regards to possibly welcoming fans this season.
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