FirstEnergy Stadium permitted to host 12,000 fans at Cleveland Browns home games, ODH rules

FirstEnergy Stadium permitted to host 12,000 fans at Cleveland Browns home games, ODH rules
A FirstEnergy Stadium employee holds a social distancing sign during an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Matt Durisko) (Source: AP/FR171781 AP)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Ohio Department of Health has granted a request from the Cleveland Browns that will allow an increased number of fans at games hosted at FirstEnergy Stadium.

According to the media relations office for Gov. Mike DeWine on Monday, Ohio’s Department of Health will permit double the capacity of spectators, increasing the limit from 6,000 to 12,000 at home games.

FirstEnergy Stadium has a capacity of 67,895 attendants.

The safety guidelines that were already in place, which include social distancing and face covering requirements, must still be observed.

According to Lance Himes, interim director for the Ohio Department of Health:

  • Spectators will be directed to enter the stadium using the designated entrance that is closest to their assigned seat.
  • Spectators will be grouped in “pods” of predominantly two to four people, with no grouping larger than six individuals who are all members of the same party or group.
  • Will follow the same operating standards and plans outlined in the original Cleveland Browns' Responsible Restart Plan.
  • Will coordinate and cooperate with Cleveland Department of Public Health to allow its representatives to be onsite during each game to assess compliance, how the team’s spectator plan worked and whether any modifications are needed.

Additional seating sections and concourse walkways will also be opened to create more space for the additional fans.

Permission from the Ohio Department of Health came after the owners of the Cleveland Browns made the request on Sept. 29.

The increased fan capacity can take effect beginning with Sunday’s game in Cleveland against the Indianapolis Colts.

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