Where each of the 32 NFL teams stands on allowing fans into stadiums

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As we enter Week 5 of the 2020 NFL regular season, some teams are allowing fans into stadiums, while others are still playing games without anyone in attendance.

Attending games at stadiums across the country depends on where and when, and guidelines vary from state to state regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

We asked each of our NFL Nation reporters to check with team officials to see where things stand as of Oct. 5:

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Buffalo Bills

Stadium: Bills Stadium

Capacity: 71,608

What we know: The Bills announced there would be no fans allowed at Bills Stadium for the "foreseeable future" after no change was made to the protocols set in place in August. Erie County and New York state guidelines previously kept fans away from professional sporting events through the team's first two games of the 2020 season. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques

Miami Dolphins

Stadium: Hard Rock Stadium

Capacity: 65,326

What we know: The Dolphins will not open their stadium to fans at full capacity despite Florida governor Ron DeSantis giving clearance for them to do so after he announced Florida's re-opening into Phase 3 last week. The Dolphins didn't ask for and haven't talked to the governor's office about a desire to change their stadium capacity, a source told ESPN. Miami has had capacity restriction of 13,000 fans for its first two home games, and actually ended up with slightly fewer than that number in attendance so far. That plan is expected to continue right now. -- Cameron Wolfe

New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium

Capacity: 66,829

What we know: The Patriots will not have fans at regular-season games through at least September. Officials are hopeful to possibly have fans later in the season, pending local and state approval. -- Mike Reiss

New York Jets

Stadium: MetLife Stadium

Capacity: 82,500

What we know: No fans are permitted to watch the Jets at MetLife Stadium, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced in July in conjunction with the Jets and Giants. They said the order is in place "until further notice." -- Rich Cimini


Baltimore Ravens

Stadium: M&T Bank Stadium

Capacity: 71,008

What we know: The Ravens had 250 immediate family members of players, coaches and front office staff at their Week 3 Monday Night Game against the Chiefs as a result of a recently issued order of Maryland's Department of Health. "This is an important step for us as we continue working toward the possibility of welcoming a large number of fans at some point this season," Ravens president Dick Cass said. Baltimore's next two home games are against two AFC North rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals (Oct. 11) and Pittsburgh Steelers (Oct. 25). -- Jamison Hensley

Cincinnati Bengals

Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium

Capacity: 65,515

What we know: The Bengals will have 12,000 fans at their remaining home games this season, the team announced on Oct. 6. The results of the Week 4 test run were encouraging enough that the state of Ohio granted waivers to increase the spectator limits for both of the state's NFL franchises. Fans will still be required to adhere to COVID-19 protocols, including social distancing and using proper face coverings. The increased threshold will be implemented starting with the team's home game on Oct. 25 against Cleveland. -- Ben Baby

Cleveland Browns

Stadium: FirstEnergy Stadium

Capacity: 67,895

What we know: The Ohio Department of Health approved a variance for Cleveland's Week 5 game against the Colts, allowing up to a maximum of 12,000 fans. -- Jake Trotter

Pittsburgh Steelers

Stadium: Heinz Field

Capacity: 68,400

What we know: The Steelers are scheduled to host the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 11 and the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 18, but the team has not updated any details on fan attendance for those games. -- Brooke Pryor


Houston Texans

Stadium: NRG Stadium

Capacity: 72,220

What we know: After not having fans at NRG Stadium for their season opener, the Texans had up to 13,300 fans (about 20% capacity) in their Week 4 game against the Vikings. The team said "the decision to open NRG Stadium to fans in a reduced capacity was made after collaboration with city, county and state officials." -- Sarah Barshop

Indianapolis Colts

Stadium: Lucas Oil Stadium

Capacity: 67,000

What we know: The Colts went from allowing 2,500 fans in Lucas Oil Stadium for their Week 2 game against Minnesota to allowing 7,500 for their Week 3 game against the Jets. For the Colts' Oct. 18 game against the Bengals, 12,500 fans will be allowed in to the stadium. The team will continue to monitor the situation the rest of the season. -- Mike Wells

Jacksonville Jaguars

Stadium: TIAA Bank Field

Capacity: 67,164

What we know: The Jaguars said they would continue to only allow 25% capacity for home games. That's a maximum crowd size of 16,791. "At this time there are no changes to attendance capacity or safety protocols at Jaguars games," the team said in a statement. "As we continue to follow NFL and CDC guidelines, physical distancing and mask protocols remain in effect at TIAA Bank Field. ... Masks must be worn inside the stadium at all times." -- Mike DiRocco

Tennessee Titans

Stadium: Nissan Stadium

Capacity: 69,143

What we know: Attendance for the Titans' home game against Buffalo on Oct. 11 will be at 12.5% capacity with a rise to 15% against Houston on Oct. 18. The plan is to bump up to 21% (max capacity allowed at Nissan Stadium) in November and maintain that capacity through the end of the home slate. -- Turron Davenport


Denver Broncos

Stadium: Empower Field at Mile High

Capacity: 76,125

What we know: The Broncos have received approval for 5,700 fans to attend each of their remaining home games, beginning with the Oct. 18 game against the Dolphins. -- Jeff Legwold

Kansas City Chiefs

Stadium: Arrowhead Stadium

Capacity: 72,936

What we know: The Chiefs are selling tickets for home games on Nov. 1 against the Jets and Nov. 8 against the Panthers. They will limit attendance to no more than 22% of stadium capacity, or about 16,000, as they have done for their first three home games. The Chiefs haven't announced plans for the final three home games but said they would adjust the crowd up or down depending on how things go in the first five games. -- Adam Teicher

Las Vegas Raiders

Stadium: Allegiant Stadium

Capacity: 65,000

What we know: Raiders owner Mark Davis emailed Raiders season-ticket holders to tell them that fans will not be allowed at home games this season. He also said earlier that if no fans could attend home games, neither would he. It is a unique situation for the Raiders, who have moved into a sparkling new, 65,000-seat, $1.9 billion palace off the Las Vegas Strip. -- Paul Gutierrez

Los Angeles Chargers

Stadium: SoFi Stadium

Capacity: 72,240

What we know: The Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams and SoFi Stadium announced both Rams and Chargers home games will be held without fans in attendance until further notice. -- Lindsey Thiry


Dallas Cowboys

Stadium: AT&T Stadium

Capacity: 80,000

What we know: An official attendance count has not been made by the team, but coach Mike McCarthy said there will be 25% capacity at AT&T Stadium. There were 21,708 fans in attendance for the Cowboys' home opener on Sept. 20. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has allowed stadiums to have 50% capacity, but the Cowboys want to follow strict guidelines to comply with league and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols. The capacity for Cowboys games could grow depending on the success of early games. Fans who will attend games will have to practice social distancing, wear masks, sit in pods to keep distance between groups and won't have paper tickets. All food, beverage and retail sales will be cashless, and there will be security scans for fans and distanced tailgating. -- Todd Archer

New York Giants

Stadium: MetLife Stadium

Capacity: 82,500

What we know: No fans are allowed at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey "until further notice." This is according to an executive order from Gov. Phil Murphy that caps outdoor gatherings at 500 people. It makes it unlikely the Giants will have fans at games until (optimistically) later in the season. The same applies to the Jets. Giants co-owner John Mara said prior to the season he's hopeful fans can be at games at some point this season but is not overly optimistic. -- Jordan Raanan

Philadelphia Eagles

Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field

Capacity: 69,596

What we know: Philadelphia prohibits outdoor events involving more than 50 people, meaning there will be no fans in the stands for now. The mayor's office called it a "fluid situation," though, leaving open the possibility that fans could be allowed to attend at some point this season should circumstances change for the better. -- Tim McManus

Washington Football Team

Stadium: FedEx Field

Capacity: 82,000

What we know: Washington will not have any fans attend home games this season. In a statement, franchise owner Dan Snyder said the unpredictability of the coronavirus led him to this decision. The franchise was among the first to shut down its facility and allow employees to work from home. Washington also said its decision would be reevaluated if the pandemic situation improves during the course of the season. -- John Keim


Chicago Bears

Stadium: Soldier Field

Capacity: 61,500

What we know: Bears chairman George McCaskey said the team and city have worked together to devise a plan that would permit fans to attend games at Soldier Field, but infection rates in Chicago are still too high to allow any fans in the stands. McCaskey added that the health and safety of city residents and Bears fans take priority. Illinois is arguably the most restrictive Midwestern state in terms of sports participation -- at all levels -- amid the COVID-19 pandemic. -- Jeff Dickerson

Detroit Lions

Stadium: Ford Field

Capacity: 65,000

What we know: After Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's recent executive order, the Lions have voided three-game packages for the season. If they can accommodate fans at any point in the future, then tickets will available on a game-by-game basis, available first to season-ticket holders first. If a fan bought a package, money would go toward their 2021 package, but if someone wants a refund, they can get it. -- Michael Rothstein

Green Bay Packers

Stadium: Lambeau Field

Capacity: 81,441

What we know: The first chance for any fans at Lambeau Field won't come until Nov. 1 against the Vikings. At that point, it will be no more than 10,000 to 12,000 fans. "We are hopeful that we will be able to host fans for games later in the season, should conditions allow," Packers president Mark Murphy said when he announced the policy for the first two home games. "We will continue to consult with community health care and public health officials on the pandemic conditions in our area. We ask our fans to continue to help by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing guidelines." -- Rob Demovsky

Minnesota Vikings

Stadium: U.S. Bank Stadium

Capacity: 66,655

What we know: The Vikings had approximately 250 staff and family members in attendance for Week 3's home game vs. Tennessee as a test of their game-day safety protocols in preparation for the potential return of fans to home games later this season. The team does not have a set date for when fans will be allowed back but will continue to work with the State of Minnesota and the City of Minneapolis on a comprehensive plan to bring a limited number of fans back to U.S. Bank Stadium in a safe manner later this season. -- Courtney Cronin


Atlanta Falcons

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Capacity: 71,000

What we know: The Falcons plan to host an undisclosed number of fans beginning with the Oct. 11 game against Carolina at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. There were no fans at the season opener against Seattle. In Week 3 against the Bears, the Falcons did a test run with 500 family members, friends and associates. -- Vaughn McClure

Carolina Panthers

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium

Capacity: 75,523

What we know: The Panthers allowed approximately 5,200 fans into their Week 4 game against the Arizona Cardinals. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper recently announced he would grant large facilities that seat 10,000 or more to host 7% capacity. -- David Newton

New Orleans Saints

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Capacity: 73,208

What we know: The Saints have not yet made any announcement about their remaining home games. But they started inching closer to having fans in attendance when they allowed 750 family members of players, coaches and staff into their Week 3 game as a "test run." The Saints have gotten state approval to have a reduced number of fans in the Superdome for games, but they have not yet received approval from the New Orleans mayor. -- Mike Triplett

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium

Capacity: 65,890

What we know: For the Bucs' Week 6 game against the Packers, Tampa Bay will have a max capacity of 25% for fans. Both of these measures were taken because of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' moving the state into Phase 3 recently. -- Jenna Laine


Arizona Cardinals

Stadium: State Farm Stadium

Capacity: 63,400

What we know: The Cardinals did not have fans in attendance for the team's first two home games, and a decision on future games has not been made at this time. "We will continue to work with state and local officials in the weeks ahead to determine whether we may be in position to host a limited number of fans later in the season," Cardinals officials said. -- Josh Weinfuss

Los Angeles Rams

Stadium: SoFi Stadium

Capacity: 72,240

What we know: The Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams and SoFi Stadium announced that both Rams and Chargers home games will be held without fans in attendance until further notice. -- Lindsey Thiry

San Francisco 49ers

Stadium: Levi's Stadium

Capacity: 68,500

What we know: The 49ers, in accordance with public health guidelines from the state of California and Santa Clara County officials, will have no fans in attendance at home games until further notice. The team will continue to work with officials regarding a decision on future home games. -- Nick Wagoner

Seattle Seahawks

Stadium: CenturyLink Field

Capacity: 69,000

What we know: The Seahawks announced on Aug. 19 that they would not have fans at CenturyLink Field for "at least" their first three homes games, which includes Sunday's game against Minnesota. -- Brady Henderson