In August, the teams announced that no fans would be allowed to attend their home games through September because of the pandemic.
The Falcons’ Oct. 11 game against Carolina will be their third home game of the season. The team’s season opener against Seattle on Sept. 13 was played without fans in attendance. There will be no fans at Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears except for roughly 500 “friends, family and associates” that the Falcons said will be there to allow the stadium operations staff “to assess and address any issues that might surface and be ready to have fans back in the building."
The Falcons’ final six regular-season home games will have fans in attendance, barring a change of plans from Tuesday’s announcement.
Atlanta United has played four games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium without fans in attendance and has three more home games before Oct. 11 that also will be played without fans. That will leave the team with only two regular-season home matches to be played with fans: Oct. 24 and Nov. 1. Atlanta United said season-ticket holders will receive information beginning the week of Oct. 5 about ticket allocations.
“We are thrilled to invite fans of both the Falcons and Atlanta United back to Mercedes-Benz Stadium,” Steve Cannon, CEO of the teams’ parent company, AMB Sports and Entertainment, said in a statement. “Having fans watch from alternative locations was a difficult but important decision. It’s been challenging for both teams to play without fans, but their well-being as well as the safety of our associates and fans was paramount.”
AMBSE officials previously said that, if fans were permitted at games this year, masks or other face coverings would be mandatory. They have said family members or others with tickets together would be able to sit in adjacent seats, but that otherwise there would be at least six feet of distance between occupied seats.