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Last year was easily one of the most unique seasons in NFL history. The COVID-19 pandemic nearly put a stop to the season taking place but even with the show going on, the coronavirus wreaked havoc, putting some of the league’s top players on the sidelines. It also meant most fans weren’t able to attend games, including everyone in Baltimore who was hungry to watch the Ravens defend their 14-2 record and AFC North crown from 2019.
With vaccines becoming available to the public and restrictions getting lifted in Maryland, Ravens coach John Harbaugh envisions fans returning to M&T Bank Stadium in 2021.
“That’s a no-brainer to me,” Harbaugh said. “Unless something crazy happens, and you can never say for sure in the world, but as far as COVID-19 is concerned, just look at what our scientists have done.”
On Friday, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan lifted capacities on indoor and outdoor dining, retail businesses, fitness centers, and religious establishments from 25% to 50%. With restrictions dwindling, Harbaugh is ready for the world to go back to what it was before the pandemic.
“It’s time to get back to work. It’s time to get back to school. It’s time to get back to practice,” Harbaugh continued. It’s time to get back to life, period.”
Ravens fans should have a little more hope after the Baltimore Orioles announced on Friday they would be allowing fans to attend games this season at Camden Yards, at 25% capacity. With Camden Yards less than a mile from M&T Bank Stadium, it’s hard to believe fans won’t be allowed to attend Ravens home games when the season begins in September.