CLEVELAND (WJW) — The Cleveland Browns are welcoming a small group of fans to cheer on the team in person at FirstEnergy Stadium during Thursday’s home opener. And today, the team announced its Responsible Restart plan for the season in a live press conference.
With Gov. Mike DeWine recently allowing up to 6,000 fans for select professional football games, that means a lot of variables in spreading people out and keeping socially distant when entering the stadium.
Chief Operating Officer David Jenkins did admit that the team was hoping that more fans would be allowed into the stadium with the governor’s variance, and that as the season continues, they hope more fans can be added to that number.
Jenkins said he’s confident that the Browns safety plan — which includes robust cleaning protocols, attendees signing off on their personal health, and fans entering the stadium in assigned entrances at specific times — should keep everyone in the stadium safe, as long as everyone is in compliance.
For the time being, the upper deck seating is not going to be open, and people will be properly spread out around the stadium, only sitting in groups they came with.
Browns leadership announced that all kiosks at the stadium will now be cashless and that face mask wearing will be enforced, except for when people are eating or drinking.
Jenkins said that those who were not able to wear a mask should not come to the game.
On top of these rules, no tailgating is allowed at least through this month, per the city of Cleveland.
In speaking with the media earlier today, quarterback Baker Mayfield said he’s excited to have some fans back in the stands.
The Browns take on the Cincinnati Bengals at 8:20 p.m. Thursday.
“Let’s make 6,000 sound like 60,000,” Jenkins said.
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