It’s still unclear what attendance in college football will look like in 2020, but Michigan State Athletic Director Bill Beekman doesn’t expect to see Spartan Stadium to be anywhere near capacity this fall. At least that’s his feeling right now.
Thursday, Beekman spoke with reporters about is expectation for fans attending home football games this year. Right now, the MSU AD anticipates having Spartan Stadium at 20-30 percent capacity this fall. Colton Pouncy of The Athletic reported Beekman’s estimated figure.
Planning is still ongoing and no decisions have been made.
MSU AD Bill Beekman says the school is still in the process of planning, but says stadium capacity could be in the 20-30 percent range.
— Colton Pouncy (@colton_pouncy) June 4, 2020
Spartan Stadium has a capacity of 75,000. At 20 percent, just 15,000 fans would be permitted to attend. That number jumps to 22,500 at 30 percent capacity.
Michigan State also announced on Thursday that it will begin to welcome student-athletes back to campus on June 15. That news comes just three days after the NCAA’s moratorium on organized team activities came to an end.
Beekman isn’t alone in believing there will be limited capacity this fall. Purdue University President Mitch Daniels suggested that only one-fourth of the stadium’s 57,000 seats would be occupied. Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith talked about having Ohio Stadium anywhere from 20-50 percent full.