Ravens won’t host fans for Sunday’s game against the Titans originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
The Ravens announced Monday they won’t host fans for Sunday’s home game against the Titans at M&T Bank Stadium. In a release, the team cited rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations as the main reason for the decision.
The team added they consulted with the offices of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Baltimore mayor Bernard “Jack” Young” as well as public health officials.
After the team started the year without fans in attendance, they were able to host a limited amount of family members for Week 3 against the Chiefs on Monday Night Football. They hosted fans against the Steelers on Nov. 1 after receiving approval for 10 percent capacity. They were able to host 3,000 fans in the lower bowl, 800 in the club level, 2,800 in the upper level and 500 in the suite levels.
The Ravens said they felt this decision was best for the outlook of the city and state as it fights the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“The in-stadium energy and passion Ravens fans provide on gameday cannot be duplicated,” the statement read. “With the collective goal of restoring that excitement and re-gaining the ability to host fans once again, we strongly encourage Marylanders to follow the advice of public health experts by wearing face coverings, practicing proper social distancing and limiting social gatherings.”
Maryland has faced rising COVID-19 numbers and reported 2,078 new cases on Nov. 15, according to the New York Times. Over the last two weeks, the state of Maryland has had a 103 percent increase in COVID-19 cases, a 61 percent increase in deaths and a 70 percent increase in hospitalizations.
The reported cases on Nov. 15 are the most reported since the beginning of the pandemic in March, breaking the previous record of 2,058 cases — which was set on Nov. 14. Since the outbreak began, there have been at least 167,826 cases and 4,309 deaths as the country deals with the plan, or lack thereof, to handle coronavirus.
As a result, Ravens fans will have to yell from their couches instead of at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday.