Patriots 'expecting' to host fans in limited capacity this fall, announce guidelines

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By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

In a post on the team's website Tuesday afternoon, the Patriots revealed initial guidelines for fans hoping to attend games at Gillette Stadium in 2020.

Highlighting the 'preliminary protocols' is the announcement that, "pending state and local approval", the team plans to admit fans to games this fall, up to 20 percent of the building's total capacity. Gillette Stadium holds just under 66,000 fans for NFL games; the new guidelines would see about 13,000 people attending games in 2020.

Other ticketing restrictions include a maximum of 10 seats per group, no seating in the first eight rows of the stadium, and an expectation to stay at least six feet away from other groups of ticket holders.

The statement also says there will be no 'walk-up' or will call tickets this season, and that all tickets will be mobile.

In a bit of good news, the team announced Gillette Stadium parking will be free all season.

No timeline was given as to when a decision on fans could be made, or if policy could change to admit fans once the season begins. The team is scheduled to play their first regular season home game September 13, against the Miami Dolphins.

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