Baltimore Ravens shut out fans citing rising COVID numbers

Nov 3, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; General view of Baltimore Ravens fans holding a sign in the stands during the fourth quarter of the game between the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens announced Monday that fans won’t be permitted at M&T Bank Stadium for the Ravens’ home game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

Citing increases in cases and hospitalizations in the state of Maryland, the team said no fans — including team family members — will be permitted.

“In giving the matter careful consideration, and with the rise of Maryland’s COVID-19 infection rate and increased hospitalizations, the Ravens believe this decision is the correct one in helping protect the well-being and safety of our community,” the team announced in a statement.

According to The Baltimore Sun, Maryland’s health department reported at least 1,000 new COVID-19 cases for a sixth straight day on Monday. The number of people hospitalized for the illness, and the state’s seven-day average case rate per 100,000, has also nearly doubled in the last two weeks.

The Ravens opened the season on Sept. 13 without fans, but Maryland governor Larry Hogan loosened state attendance restrictions later in September and again in October.

Baltimore hosted just one game with general admittance for fans, a 28-24 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 1. A total of 4,345 was listed as the official attendance number for that game at the venue, which has an official capcity of 71,000.

Baltimore (6-3) will play at Pittsburgh on Thanksgiving on Nov. 26 after hosting the Titans on Sunday. The Ravens are schedule to host the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 3.

–Field Level Media