The Bengals informed their season ticket holders Friday of the guidelines in use for this year at Paul Brown Stadium and if the team gets approval to host fans capacity will be "greatly reduced." Fans are looking at rearranged seating stadium-wide, no tailgating in the parking lots and social distancing as the team responds to laws, regulations and NFL rules to enhance fan safety during the coronavirus pandemic.
In an email to season ticket holders the Bengals allowed them to opt out of the 2020 season while keeping their 2021 seats. They also said guidelines could change if regulations also change.
"The Bengals place a premium on the health and safety of our fans, staff, and players in hosting football games this fall," the email said.
With the first eight rows of the lower level blocked off and additional seats eliminated for physical distancing, season ticket holders can expect new assignments.
"Capacity at Paul Brown Stadium will be greatly reduced in order to provide each seating group physical distance between you and the next nearest seating group," the Bengals said. "If we have approval to host fans at games, we will undergo a stadium-wide re-seating process for all Season Ticket Members."
All fans are required to wear facial coverings at all times, unless eating or drinking, and they must socially distance while waiting in lines, standing at concession areas and entering and exiting the stadium.
Here is the email:
Dear Season Ticket Member,
Last week, we promised to provide you with A) more information and B) options for the 2020 season. Please carefully review the information below to make the best decision for your group.
A) GUIDELINES FOR ATTENDING GAMES
The Bengals place a premium on the health and safety of our fans, staff, and players in hosting football games this fall. To that end, we will implement guidelines consistent with applicable laws, regulations, and NFL rules that are responsive to fan safety concerns. As you consider attending games this year, please note the following safety measures will be in effect:
• All fans will be required to wear facial coverings at all times unless actively eating or drinking
• Fans will be required to socially distance when moving about the stadium, including while waiting in lines while entering and exiting the stadium, standing at concession areas, and so forth
• Tailgating in the parking lots will not be permitted
• Capacity at Paul Brown Stadium will be greatly reduced in order to provide each seating group physical distance between you and the next nearest seating group
• The first 8 rows of the lower level will be blocked off
The last two bullet points make clear that seating locations will change this year & if we have approval to host fans at games, we will undergo a stadium-wide re-seating process for all Season Ticket Members. Please note that the above safety guidelines remain subject to change based on, among other things, any subsequent changes in applicable laws and regulations and NFL guidelines.
B) YOUR OPTIONS FOR THE 2020 SEASON
We understand everyone will have different levels of comfort with attending games given the above guidelines. While we absolutely want you to join us in The Jungle this fall, we understand this may not be the best option for you at this time. We have outlined 2 simple options ... Option 1 is for fans who want to attend games in person this fall, subject to our required re-seating plan. Option 2 is for fans who wish to opt out of 2020 tickets, but keep their seats for 2021.