Atlanta Falcons announce 2020 attendance policies.
As expected, NFL teams are starting to reveal their 2020 season attendance policies and the Atlanta Falcons are one of the first teams to let fans know what to expect.
The following guidelines have been released by the Falcons in regards to their plans that follow the CDC recommendations for social distancing and people wearing masks.
- Up to the first 12 rows behind the bench areas will be blocked off.
- Fans will sit in rows six feet away from other fans.
- Aisle seats will not be options in order to prevent multiple exposures.
- There will be “pods” of one to six persons who must arrive together wearing masks.
"According to Falcons Vice President of Sales and Service, Don Rovak said that “Our fans will be wearing masks from the time they leave the car to the time they’re in the building, and the people will be separated once in the venue.” He went on to say that they are hoping to get as many as 20,000 fans into Mercedes Benz Stadium and will utilize all three levels of seating."
Atlanta Falcons tickets will only be available to the elite of the city.
Atlanta Falcons tickets are already outrageously expensive making it difficult for the “average” fan to attend a home game. While tickets will only be offered to season ticket holders, many will in turn undoubtedly put them on secondary ticket markets.
The Falcons have already said that season tickets will not be able to be split up, so if a season ticket holder was to transfer them to another person, the entire block will have to be sold.
Back in 2011, Dallas Cowboys COO, Stephen Jones had said that roughly 97 percent of NFL fans had never attended an actual game. This would make NFL tickets some of the most prestigious events to attend.
With that being the threshold, only the truly elite will be able to attend games in 2020. If NFL games are a statement of wealth, then being able to afford and attend games in 2020 is only going to be attended by the who’s who and not by people that are truly passionate about the franchise.
The Atlanta Falcons are making the right decisions for the safety of the fans, the team, and the city but this is just another reminder of the craziness that 2020 has brought before us all.