Cleveland Browns & Cincinnati Bengals Can Have Up To 12,000 Fans For Their Final Six Home Games
The Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals have received the green light from the Ohio Department of Health to allow up to 12,000 fans for each of their final six games.
According to Mark Naymik of WKYC, Lance Himes – the interim Ohio Department of Health Director – informed Browns Chief Operating Officer Dan Jenkins that he is approving of a plan that allows the team to host 12,000 fans at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The Browns had 6,000 fans in attendance for their Week 2 and Week 3 home games against the Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Football Team, respectively. They can now double that number, beginning with this Sunday’s Week 5 home tilt against the Indianapolis Colts.
Per Dave Clark and Jackie Borchardt of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Bengals also received permission from the Ohio Department of Health to have up to 12,000 fans at Paul Brown Stadium. Like the Browns, the Bengals also have six home games remaining on their schedule.
Cincinnati didn’t have any fans in attendance for its Week 1 opener against the Los Angeles Chargers. However, they opened the doors for 6,000 fans in Sunday’s Week 4 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Aside from the Browns and Bengals, 10 other NFL teams have had some fans for at least one home game this season: The Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints.
The Bengals, Texans, Buccaneers, Broncos, Panthers and Saints didn’t have any fans in attendance for their home openers, but they began allowing limited spectators for their second home games.
The Tennessee Titans will begin to host fans for their October home games. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles are also allowed to have a limited number of fans after receiving the thumbs up from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Tuesday. The two teams face off at Heinz Field this Sunday.
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