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Ravens to begin 2020 season without fans at M&T Bank Stadium

Posted at 3:09 PM, Aug 24, 2020

BALTIMORE — After consulting with government officials and public health experts, the Ravens will not host fans at M&T Bank Stadium for at least the initial part of the 2020 season.

In recent weeks, the Ravens submitted proposals to the offices of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Baltimore City Mayor Jack Young, detailing how stadium could safely host 7,500 fans.

Even with implementation of advanced safety measures and enhanced COVID-19 protocols, based on the recommendations of public health experts the team determined that, for the time being, it is in the best interest of the general public and the organization that fans not attend games.

The organization will continue to closely monitor and adjust accordingly to all developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ravens will remain in communication with local and state officials, working carefully to create appropriate measures that might eventually permit a limited number of fans at home games this season.

Augie Chiasera, M&T Bank’s regional president for Greater Baltimore, said in a statement:

“Of course we would prefer an environment where thousands of screaming fans can cheer for the Ravens inside of M&T Bank Stadium. But, unfortunately, that isn’t the case right now, and we understand and respect the decision of the Ravens, elected officials and health experts completely. Meanwhile, M&T will continue to be the official bank of the Baltimore Ravens and work with the organization to adjust and find new ways to partner with the Ravens on marketing and sponsorship opportunities. We look forward to being able to again welcome fans and host customers and friends on Ravens game days, but we also know the health and well-being of our employees, customers, the players and staff, and those who work at M&T Bank Stadium is the top priority.”