Dale Arnold: Gillette Stadium preparing for 16,000 fans per Patriots game


Last week, the Patriots announced that if allowed by state and local authorities the plan is for Gillette to “host about 20 percent of its total capacity” for home games this season.

On Monday, Dale Arnold offered more info on the Dale & Keefe show with Andy Hart filling in.

"I’ve got a source who told me within the last few minutes that managers have been told in a meeting today to prepare for the NFL season to open on time down at Gillette Stadium and with fans," he said. "I was told they are planning for 16,000 fans per game."

The announcement last week also said, “Ticketed parties will be asked to maintain physical distancing of at least six feet from other parties, tickets will be arranged in blocks of 10 seats or less, and the first eight rows of stadium seats will not be used. Additionally, face coverings will be required at all times inside the stadium to keep all attendees safe.”

As of now, there is no preseason schedule and it's unclear if that even will happen, which would mean the first game at Gillette Stadium would be Sept. 13 when the Patriots host the Dolphins.