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2020 Bengals season to begin without fans in the stands

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Another NFL team will begin the year without fans in the stands: Cincinnati announced the 2020 Bengals season at Paul Brown Stadium will launch sans fans.

The announcement was made today that the 2020 Bengals season opener on Sunday, Sept. 13 against the Los Angeles Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium would be played with no fans in the stands.

The Bengals are yet another NFL team announcing the 2020 season would launch without fans. Also announcing today: the Minnesota Vikings, the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers. The Green Bay Packers had previously announced the first two September games at Lambeau Field would be played without fans.

“For several months, the Bengals have worked diligently with the NFL, with local governments and with experts in the health community to develop a plan to responsibly host fans during the 2020 NFL season at Paul Brown Stadium,” said Bengals Executive Vice President Katie Blackburn in a press statement. “The Bengals filed a request for exemption seeking to have fans at games. The variance we requested has not been granted by the state at this time. While we want fans to attend our games, we accept and understand the State of Ohio’s position. We will monitor the situation moving forward and continue exploring whether fans may attend games as the season goes along.”

The Bengals’ next home game is Oct. 4, hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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