Tennessee Titans fans won’t be allowed to sit close to the field in 2020.

The question all offseason for NFL fans has been will stadiums operate at full capacity? The latest reports indicate that the answer to that question will be no.

Tomorrow (June 25th) owners will be presented a plan to tarp off the first 6-8 rows in every NFL stadium, per Ben Fischer. The plan is to keep players, coaches, and staff from being exposed to COVID-19. Coincidentally, it also allows for NFL teams to continue to make money although the seating is closed.

Under a plan shared with team presidents on Tuesday, the first six to eight rows of seating in every stadium — including on-field suites — will be off limits to fans this season. That move is officially to protect players, coaches and team staff from coronavirus exposure, but it would also free up that space to become lucrative sponsorship assets.

Sources said those seats will be covered by tarps that could include sponsor logos, similar to how EPL teams repurposed empty seating sections for ads during its return to play last week. The plan will be presented to owners at a meeting tomorrow, who are not expected to oppose it. An NFL spokesman did not reply to a request for comment.

via Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal

How do Titans fans feel?

Next season, Tennessee Titans fans won’t be able to sit next to the field to protect the players and staff. Although, I’m pretty sure the distance between the stands and the nearest player on the sidelines is at least 6 feet. The NFL says the move is to protect players and staff, but it seems more like just a reason to clear the spot for ads. I wouldn’t be surprised if NFL teams are making more money from the ads than they would having actual fans buy tickets. It’s understandable that sometimes players come interact with the fans that are closest to the field, but why not implement guidelines so that fans can still sit there?

At first glance, Titans fans don’t seem so happy. One even mentioned that there is plenty of room for ads along the sidewalls of the stands. Another, Titan Upload, stated that it’s not looking good for having fans in the stands.

The NFL could definitely use the extra revenue from the ads so that the salary cap doesn’t take a huge hit in the coming years. But already, there are plenty of people who disagree with the decision to kick fans out of the seats. There are many other places to place ads so that loyal fans who spend good money for closer seats don’t have to give up their spot.

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