CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – The Browns will continue to host fans at FirstEnergy Stadium, including Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, following stay at home advisories issued by Cuyahoga County as well as state officials.
Strict safety measures will continue to be in place that include a mask mandate, remaining in assigned seating pods and social distancing on the concourses.
The Browns and Cincinnati Bengals were granted variances from state officials this year to allow fans to attend games.
The first variance allowed the Browns and Bengals to host 6,000 fans for the first two home games and the second variance granted a doubling of capacity to 12,000 for the duration of the season.
“I am extremely appreciative of our 12,000 strong,” head coach Kevin Stefanski said Thursday. “It is a different year. I can’t wait to see that stadium filled at some point, but for now, we will just follow the protocols. I really do appreciate how loud they have been. I feel their enthusiasm. I definitely am looking forward to a point when FirstEnergy Stadium is full to capacity. We will see when that happens, but for now, we really do enjoy having our fans there.”
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise within the city, county and state, officials at all levels of government have issued stay at home advisories recommending citizens remain at home, limit gatherings and travel.
The NFL will require all 32 teams to enter the league’s intensive protocols on Saturday for the remainder of the 2020 season.
The Browns have ben in the intensive protocols since Oct. 31 when a staffer tested positive for the virus.
Four players – Chris Hubbard, Andy Janovich, Cody Parkey and Jack Conklin – are currently on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Parkey and Conklin are expected to be cleared Saturday to play against the Eagles.