Gillette Stadium will be capped at 20 percent capacity if fans are allowed at Patriots games this season

James White probably won't be handing out high-fives to fans this season.
James White probably won't be handing out high-fives to fans this season.Matthew J. Lee

If fans are allowed to attend Patriots games this season, there will be far from a full house in Foxborough.

Gillette Stadium is expected to host only 20 percent of its total capacity, according to a memo issued by the team Tuesday. The venue can hold up to 65,878 attendees, which means no more than 13,175 fans will be permitted on game days.

The Patriots noted state and local approval is required for fans to attend. According to the reopening plan outlined by the state, large-scale sporting events wouldn’t be held until Massachusetts moves into the final phase — Phase 4, or “the new normal,” which will require either vaccine against coronavirus or treatment for it to be readily available to the public.


Other protocols laid out by the organization include leaving the first eight rows of seats empty and requiring masks while inside the Gillette. Tickets will be sold in groups of 10 or fewer seats, according to the memo, with ticketed parties keeping at least 6 feet apart from one another.

“Although game days will look different this year as a result of the many safety precautions being implemented, the Patriots organization is committed to delivering a positive experience for all who attend,” read the memo.

Earlier in July, the Patriots announced their plans to offer free parking in Gillette Stadium lots.

The team is scheduled to open the season against Miami on Sept. 13.