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Will there be fans at NFL games in 2020? Where all 32 teams stand for the regular season

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NFL fans across the country are wondering whether they will be able to attend games once the 2020 season starts.

The answer is it depends on where and when. Guidelines vary from state to state regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Some teams have announced they will proceed with limited capacities, while others have said they will progress with no fans.

We asked each of our reporters to check with team officials to see where things currently stand. Here is what they were told, and updates as of Sept. 8 have been made to teams, including Denver, Cleveland Indianapolis, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Arizona, Cincinnati, Buffalo, San Francisco, Los Angeles Rams and Chargers:

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AFC EAST

Buffalo Bills

Stadium: Bills Stadium

Capacity: 71,608

What we know: The Bills announced Aug. 25 that no fans will be permitted in the stadium for the team's first two regular-season home games, against the New York Jets (Sept. 13) and against the Los Angeles Rams (Sept. 27). -- Marcel Louis-Jacques


Miami Dolphins

Stadium: Hard Rock Stadium

Capacity: 65,326

What we know: The Dolphins are allowing fans -- a maximum of 13,000 or 20% capacity -- for their Sept. 20 home opener against Buffalo. The expectation is fans in the stands will continue with possibly an even larger capacity as the year goes as long as everything goes according to plan. Season-ticket holders will get priority on attending games with information on single-game tickets and suites available at a later time. All fans will be required to wear masks along with several other guidelines including socially distanced seat clusters, touchless entry and food ordering, timed fan entry, no smoking or tailgating. The team is giving all season-ticket members the option to roll their 2020 payments into the 2021 season and retain all of their tenure, seats and associated benefits. Dolphins vice chairman and CEO Tom Garfinkel said they put the "attention to detail and diligence into creating a safe environment" and elected officials made the final call to allow fans for the opener. -- 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, which accounts for the home opener against the Dolphins (Sept. 13) and a game against the Raiders two weeks later (Sept. 27). 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 recently in conjunction with the Jets and Giants. They said the order is in place "until further notice," leaving some wiggle room. -- Rich Cimini

AFC NORTH

Baltimore Ravens

Stadium: M&T Bank Stadium

Capacity: 71,008

What we know: The Ravens announced on Aug. 24 that they're not hosting fans at M&T Bank Stadium for "at least the initial part" of the 2020 regular season. The initial plan in early July was to host 14,000 fans. A new proposal of allowing 7,500 fans was made to government officials in early August. But, based on recommendations of public health experts, the Ravens determined to not allow fans to attend games for the start of the season. -- Jamison Hensley


Cincinnati Bengals

Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium

Capacity: 65,515

What we know: The state of Ohio announced Sept. 5 that it will grant a variance to the Bengals to host 6,000 fans at the Oct. 4 game against the Jaguars and the Oct. 25 game against the Browns. No variances have been issued for other games, including the season opener on Sept. 13 against the Chargers. The variance allows for no more than 1,500 spectators in each side of the stadium. Fans must wears masks and use the designated entrance for their ticket.-- Ben Baby


Cleveland Browns

Stadium: FirstEnergy Stadium

Capacity: 67,895

What we know: The state of Ohio announced Sept. 5 that it will grant a variance to the state sports order that will let the Browns host 6,000 fans at the Sept. 17 game against the Bengals and the Sept. 27 game against Washington. No variances have been issued for other Browns home games. The variance allows for no more than 1,500 spectators in each side of the stadium. Fans must wears masks and use the designated entrance for their ticket. -- Jake Trotter


Pittsburgh Steelers

Stadium: Heinz Field

Capacity: 68,400

What we know: In an email sent to season-ticket holders on Aug. 27, the Steelers announced there will be no fans at Heinz Field for at least the first two home games -- Sept. 20 against the Denver Broncos and Sept. 27 against the Houston Texans. After that, the Steelers are scheduled to host the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 11 and the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 18. The team did not include any details about fan attendance for those games. -- Brooke Pryor

AFC SOUTH

Houston Texans

Stadium: NRG Stadium

Capacity: 72,220

What we know: The Texans announced they will not have fans at NRG Stadium for the home opener on Sept. 20 against Baltimore, and that "whether fans can attend other home games later in the season will depend on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in the greater Houston area, which is currently at the highest threat level (RED)." By not having fans in the stadium in the month of September, the Texans hope they can focus on refining "the safety and operational protocols required to host fans at NRG Stadium." -- Sarah Barshop


Indianapolis Colts

Stadium: Lucas Oil Stadium

Capacity: 67,000

What we know: The Colts are seating a maximum of 2,500 fans at Lucas Oil Stadium for their home opener on Sept. 20 against the Minnesota Vikings. The Colts will continue to evaluate capacity for future home games. -- Mike Wells


Jacksonville Jaguars

Stadium: TIAA Bank Field

Capacity: 67,164

What we know: The Jaguars told season-ticket holders they will be able to seat approximately 25% of TIAA Bank Field's capacity at each home game in 2020. The stadium holds 67,164, so the capacity will be 16,791. The team said any possible increase in capacity will depend on developments regarding the coronavirus as well as any local, state or federal instructions. -- Mike DiRocco


Tennessee Titans

Stadium: Nissan Stadium

Capacity: 69,143

What we know: The Titans' home opener in Week 2 against the Jaguars on Sept. 20 will not have fans, Nashville mayor John Cooper decided on Tuesday, Aug. 18. The next home game will be two weeks later on Oct. 4 when the Titans host the Steelers, and the decision on whether to permit fans into the stadium for that game has not been decided. -- Turron Davenport

AFC WEST

Denver Broncos

Stadium: Empower Field at Mile High

Capacity: 76,125

What we know: The Broncos announced on Aug. 21 that there will be no fans at the season opener -- a ESPN Monday Night Football game on Sept. 14 against Tennessee. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and Broncos vice president of strategic initiatives Brittany Bowlen announced Sept. 8 that 5,700 people will be allowed to attend the team's Sept. 27 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. More fans may be allowed to attend future home games, but if more are fans to be allowed at those future games, it will be announced at a later date. Bowlen said "many health and safety enhancements" will be in place as fans will be seated in "small pods." -- Jeff Legwold


Kansas City Chiefs

Stadium: Arrowhead Stadium

Capacity: 72,936

What we know: The Chiefs, who previously announced they planned to sell tickets for home games, said they would have about 16,000 fans in attendance for the Sept. 10 season opener against the Texans at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs announced Monday they would limit attendance for early-season games to 22% of stadium capacity. They listed Arrowhead's attendance last year at 72,936, which would mean at 22% capacity they would sell 16,046 tickets. The Chiefs said they would adjust attendance at home games later in the season depending on conditions. -- Adam Teicher

Las Vegas Raiders

Stadium: Allegiant Stadium

Capacity: 65,000

What we know: Raiders owner Mark Davis followed through on an earlier feeling by emailing Raiders season-ticket holders on Monday 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. But because the NFL wants the first eight rows of seats from the field blocked off to create more social distancing from players on the sideline (and to create advertising revenue via tarps covering said seats), Davis is nonplussed. "The optics are terrible; advertising on top of seats belonging to people you're telling they can't come to the game," said Davis, who added that his idea of installing a Plexiglas barrier between the first row of seats and the field rather than blocking off seats was never discussed. "I'd rather have everybody pissed at me than just one person. I've got to make it up to them, and I will. This is all about safety and equity." -- 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 on Aug. 25 that both Rams and Chargers home games will be held without fans in attendance until further notice. -- Lindsey Thiry

NFC EAST

Dallas Cowboys

Stadium: AT&T Stadium

Capacity: 80,000

What we know: The Cowboys will have fans at AT&T Stadium but they have not announced exactly how many. It will be fewer than the 50% capacity that will be allowed under guidelines from Gov. Greg Abbott and comply with the league and CDC protocols. The team has announced guidelines for in and around the stadium for 2020, including social distancing, mask wearing, seating in pods to keep distance between groups, no paper tickets, all food, beverage and retail sales will be cashless, 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 according to a recent executive order from Gov. Phil Murphy that caps outdoor gatherings at 500 people. It makes it unlikely that the Giants will have fans at games until (optimistically) later in the season. The same applies to the Jets. -- Jordan Raanan


Philadelphia Eagles

Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field

Capacity: 69,596

What we know: Currently, Philadelphia prohibits outdoor events involving more than 50 people, meaning 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 the first to recall its scouts from the field at the start of the pandemic. It also was among the first to shut down its facility and allow employees to work from home. The team has allowed season-ticket holders to either receive a refund or apply their payments to 2021. Washington also said its decision would be re-evaluated if the situation improves during the course of the season. -- John Keim

NFC NORTH

Chicago Bears

Stadium: Soldier Field

Capacity: 61,500

What we know: The Bears cited the current state and city of Chicago health metrics as the reasons why fans will not be permitted to attend games at Soldier Field this season. The Bears left open the possibly that the policy could be changed, but the organization said at the moment the health and safety of city residents and Bears fans take priority. -- Jeff Dickerson

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Detroit Lions

Stadium: Ford Field

Capacity: 65,000

What we know: The Lions announced on Aug. 21 that they will have no fans at home games against Chicago (Sept. 13) and New Orleans (Oct. 4). Lions team president Rod Wood said in a statement they are going to evaluate the situation for fans for later in the season. -- Michael Rothstein


Green Bay Packers

Stadium: Lambeau Field

Capacity: 81,441

What we know: The Packers won't allow fans for at least the first two home games. The first chance for any fans at Lambeau Field won't come until Nov. 1 against the Minnesota 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 healthcare 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 announced Aug. 25 they will play their first two regular-season home games without fans on Sept. 13 (vs. the Green Bay Packers) and Sept. 27 (vs. the Tennessee Titans). "Based on our conversations and the current Minnesota Department of Health guidelines that specify an indoor venue capacity of 250, we have determined it is not the right time to welcome fans back to U.S. Bank Stadium," the team said in a statement. -- Courtney Cronin

NFC SOUTH

Atlanta Falcons

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Capacity: 71,000

What we know: The Falcons originally planned to host between 10,000 to 20,000 fans at Mercedes Benz-Stadium for regular-season games in 2020. That plan changed when the team decided to go with no fans for September, including the Sept. 13 season opener against Seattle and the Sept. 27 matchup with the Bears in Week 3. The Falcons also won't have fans at their Week 4 road contest with Green Bay Oct. 5, an ESPN Monday Night Football clash. -- Vaughn McClure


Carolina Panthers

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium

Capacity: 75,523

What we know: The Panthers will not have fans in the stands for their Week 1 game against the Raiders on Sept. 13, the team announced on Aug. 31. The state of North Carolina remains in Phase 2 of re-opening, and further updates from the governor are expected next week. -- David Newton


New Orleans Saints

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Capacity: 73,208

What we know: The Saints announced on Aug. 12 that they will have no fans in the Superdome for their first home game against Tampa Bay in Week 1 and that it appears "unlikely" they will have fans for their second home game against Green Bay in Week 3. The Saints will be prepared in case changes are made as they continue to work and communicate with government officials and health and safety experts. -- Mike Triplett


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium

Capacity: 65,890

What we know: The Bucs announced Sept. 2 that their first two home games, Sept. 20 and Oct. 4, will be played without fans. In a letter to fans, Buccaneers chief operating officer Brian Ford said that based off of conversations with public health officials and medical guidance, "We have determined that it is not yet the right time to welcome fans back to Raymond James Stadium." Ford added that "should current trends continue to improve, we plan to welcome fans back when we host the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 18." -- Jenna Laine

NFC WEST

Arizona Cardinals

Stadium: State Farm Stadium

Capacity: 63,400

What we know: The Cardinals announced on Aug. 28 that they will not have fans in attendance for the team's first two home games, Week 2 against Washington (Sept. 20) and Week 3 against Detroit (Sept. 27). "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," according to Cardinals officials. -- 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 on Aug. 25 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 announced on Aug. 25 that, in accordance with public health guidelines through the state of California and Santa Clara County officials, there will be no fans in attendance for the Sept. 13 game against the Arizona Cardinals. 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 will not have fans at CenturyLink Field for "at least" their first three homes games: New England (Sept. 20), Dallas (Sept. 27) and Minnesota (Oct. 11). -- Brady Henderson