The Baltimore Ravens are deferring 2020 season tickets to the following season, and if any fans are allowed in M&T Bank Stadium amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be a significantly smaller amount than a typical game day, the team announced.
Should local government and health officials give the OK for fans to attend games, the Ravens expect fewer than 14,000 people in attendance to allow for proper social distancing. M&T Bank Stadium has a capacity of 71,008 fans.
“To offer a proper level of safety for fans who want to attend games, a reduction in capacity is necessary,” Ravens president Dick Cass said in a statement. “We are disappointed that this will be a disruption for many ticket buyers, but we have an obligation to our fans and our community to keep M&T Bank Stadium as safe as possible.”
All payments made by Permanent Seat License (PSL) owners for 2020 season tickets will be credited toward plans for the 2021 season, the team said.
Baker Koppelman, senior vice president of ticket sales and operations, said the Ravens had already sold 62,000 season ticket plans.
Single-game tickets will be canceled and refunded.
In the event fans are permitted to attend NFL games, the team said it would release additional details about seating charts and information on purchasing single-game tickets. PSL owners will be given priority to buy those tickets.
The NFL is reportedly cutting the four-week preseason in half. Under that framework, the first game at M&T Bank Stadium would be a matchup against the Carolina Panthers on Aug. 30.
The Ravens are scheduled to kick off the regular season with a Week 1 home game against the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 13.
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