Patriots, Gillette Stadium announce plans for reduced capacity, game day protocols

By WEEI 93.7

Though there are plenty of things yet to be decided, the Patriots announced some potential 2020 game day “preliminary protocols” for fans at Gillette Stadium this fall.

In an announcement that was sent to ticket holders as well as posted on, New England revealed that if allowed by state and local authorities the plan is for Gillette to “host about 20 percent of its total capacity” for home games this season.

The announcement goes on to say: “Ticketed parties 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. Additionally, face coverings will be required at all times inside the stadium to keep all attendees safe.”

Once again noting that parking at Gillette Stadium will be free this fall, “the Patriots organization is committed to delivering a positive experience for all who attend” despite the unique circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Patriots are set to open training camp in Foxborough on July 28, although there remain some questions as to whether that will come to fruition as currently scheduled while the NFL and NFLPA work to come up with a return-to-play plan.

#Patriots announce reduced capacity and preliminary protocols for fans at @GilletteStadium:

— New England Patriots (@Patriots) July 14, 2020