Patriots plan to limit capacity to about 20% if fans are allowed at games

The New England Patriots informed their season-ticket members Tuesday that capacity at Gillette Stadium will be limited to about 20% this season, pending state and local approval.

A few other key points from the team's letter:

  • Those with tickets will be asked to maintain physical distancing of at least six feet from other parties.

  • Tickets will be arranged in blocks of 10 seats or less, and the first eight rows of stadium seats will not be used.

  • Face coverings will be required at all times inside the stadium to keep all attendees safe.

  • Club seat owners and season-ticket members will have the first opportunity to purchase individual game tickets if fans are allowed, and any remaining ticket inventory will go on-sale to the general public after that.

The club previously announced there will be free parking for any fans attending games in 2020, a decision made with safety in mind to eliminate the transfer of cash.

The Patriots have filled their stadium every year since 1994, when Robert Kraft purchased the team, and project to do so again this year -- up to the 20% limit. That would be in the range of 13,000-14,000 fans.

Last week, the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs announced there will be limited capacity at Arrowhead Stadium in 2020.