Penn State AD says B1G adopting conference-wide fan policy for 2020 season
The good news for the B1G is that football will be played this fall. The bad news — if you want to call it that — is that fans will not be permitted to attend games in 2020.
During Wednesday’s virtual press conference on Big Ten Network following the B1G’s reinstatement of the fall football season, Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour says the conference has adopted a league-wide policy regarding fan attendance. As of right now, the B1G is planning to only allow family members to attend games in 2020.
There will be no ticket sales to anyone else.
“From the standpoint of the resolution that the [Council of Presidents/Chancellors] approved, we are not going to permit fans in general,” Barbour said. “We are looking to see what we can do on a campus-by-campus basis to accommodate the families of our student-athletes, both home and away, as well as the families of staff. But, as a conference, we’ve made a decision — no public sale of tickets.”
Other conferences have allowed each individual school/state to implement its own fan attendance policies, with some prohibiting any fans while others may allow 25 percent (or other percentages) to attend games. But the B1G appears to be going with a league-wide model to create some consistency across the conference.
General fans will have to wait until at least 2021 to attend college football games in the B1G.
"As a conference, we've made a decision – no public sale of tickets."
– Penn State AD Sandy Barbour shared that tickets will not be available to the public for 2020 B1G football, but that families may be accommodated on a campus-by-campus basis: pic.twitter.com/NzeX1cfCJO
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 16, 2020