Michigan State University Athletic Director Bill Beekman provided an update to Spartan fans regarding the school’s attendance plan for home football games this season. Like most schools, MSU isn’t planning on having a capacity crowd on hand.
Beekman sent out a message to season-ticket holders on Wednesday, explaining to individuals what to expect for the upcoming season. While there are no concrete final plans at this time, the AD thought it was best to keep fans in the loop.
Below is the statement MSU athletics sent out on Wednesday:
“Many of our Spartan student-athletes have returned to campus and are preparing for the 2020 season. There are still many questions to be asked and answered but we will do our best to keep our season ticket holders informed. The Big Ten Conference and member institutions have been collaborating for several months to develop plans and scenarios for the football season. Our priority is the health and safety of all student-athletes, coaches, staff, working personnel and our supporters and fans. We are working to finalize plans for reduced capacity in Spartan Stadium and will be able to share details once these critical decisions are made. In addition to seating capacity, we will also be addressing parking, tailgating, concessions, and other aspects of the game-day experience.
“We realize that even with incomplete information, some of our loyal supporters may have already determined that it’s in their best interest to forgo attending football games in 2020. For those individuals, we have provided options. In doing so, we ask those who are able, consider converting payments made for tickets, seat premiums and parking to a 100% tax-deductible charitable contribution to the Spartan Fund or consider applying payments made to the 2021 season. Doing so will help Spartan Athletics at a most crucial time.”
Like other schools, Michigan State continues to plan for an on-time start to the college football season. The Spartans are currently scheduled to host B1G foe Northwestern on Sept. 5 to begin the 2020 campaign.
Earlier this month, Beekman estimated that attendance at Spartan Stadium would range between 20 and 30 percent capacity.