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Jaguars to reduce stadium capacity, require fans to wear face masks

The team says it expects about 25 percent capacity at TIAA Bank Field for games this season, in compliance with state, local and CDC guidelines.

JACKSONVILLE — The Jaguars announced plans Friday to play home games in front of a significantly reduced capacity this season and require all fans in attendance to wear face coverings.

The team released details in an email to season-ticket holders, saying it expects about 25 percent capacity at TIAA Bank Field in 2020 “in compliance with state and local authorities and following (Centers for Disease Control and and Prevention) social distancing guidelines.”

“Once the season begins, any future increase in capacity will depend on developments on the health and safety front,” the Jaguars said.

The stadium’s capacity is listed at over 67,000.

Fans who attend games will have to cover their faces as required by local guidelines.

The Ravens were the first team to announce plans for reduced capacity, saying Wednesday they plan to allow fewer than 14,000 fans at home game at M&T Bank Stadium in 2020.

The Jaguars said season tickets will be credited and any payments scheduled for July canceled. Season-ticket holders will have the opportunity to apply credited funds toward the purchase of tickets this season or in 2021. Full cash refunds will be made upon request.

The Jaguars are working with Ticketmaster to develop a new seating chart that allows for 6 feet of distance between unaffiliated parties. In early August, a new season-ticket plan for 2020 will be introduced to existing season-ticket holders first. Access to tickets will be based on a variety of factors, including account tenure.

The stadium also will transition to cashless payment for most purchases, including merchandise and food.

Additional hand sanitizing stations will be provided throughout the stadium, along with increased directional signage to encourage social distancing.

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