Report: Ohio State announces update on stadium capacity for Buckeye home games
While no final decision has been made about attendance at college football games just yet, Ohio State University’s athletic department has released an update regarding limitations for home games in Columbus this fall.
According to a report from Eleven Warriors, Ohio State sent out an email to season-ticket holders this week, stating that Ohio Stadium’s attendance will be limited to “no more than 20 percent” of the capacity in 2020. The school also acknowledged that there has been no final decision made at this time.
This announcement comes just a few weeks after the B1G opted to eliminate all nonconference games this season and focus on a league-only schedule for the fall. It’s unclear whether the B1G will implement a conference-wide stadium limitation for the year.
From Eleven Warriors:
“While no final decision has been made regarding the 2020 football season, the Department of Athletics has been working diligently with university leaders, public health experts and government officials to create game day plans that protect the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes, staff, faculty and fans,” the email reads. “In order to provide the safest environment, certain measures will need to be implemented at Ohio Stadium this year, including physical distancing, mandatory masks/facial coverings, limited concessions, no tailgating and no skull session at St. John Arena. These measures will result in a reduced crowd capacity of no more than 20 percent of overall stadium capacity and will impact all ticket holder constituencies in both overall ticket quantity and seat location.”
Ohio State is allowing any season-ticket holders who do not want to attend games this season to opt out and maintain their season ticket commitment without losing their priority standing.
Recently, Rutgers University announced that attendance will be limited to 500 people for home games in Piscataway, following the state government’s order. The state of New Jersey is limiting the size of all outdoor gatherings to that total.
Ohio State also says that masks will be mandatory and there will be no tailgating this year. Capacity at Ohio Stadium is just under 105,000.