As teams across the country enter spring practices and begin preparing for the 2021 season, optimism continues to build across the country that things will be much closer to normal.

Michigan AD Warde Manuel indicated Tuesday that the Wolverines will plan for fans at home games this fall. However, Manuel did not get into any specifics in terms of capacity.

Penn State AD Sandy Barbour also recently discussed optimism for having fans in the fall, but she is hoping for full venues in Happy Valley. Barbour indicated Penn State leadership will plan for full capacity and monitor the COVID-19 situation as fall gets closer. shared Barbour’s comments that were made on Monday’s Penn State Coaches Show:

“All of our efforts, all of our planning, is to be able to have full venues, and we’re just going to have to monitor the COVID situation and the advice,” Barbour said. “But we’re going to push really hard. We’re going to prepare for venues where every Penn Stater who wants to come, and who has a ticket, has the opportunity to do that.”

“We want to make sure, from an athletics perspective, that we do everything we can to help protect those opportunities and help ensure that those will be available to our greater community,” Barbour said.

Hopefully, Penn State – and the rest of the B1G – will be able to have full stadiums this fall. After a fan-less 2020, it would be a more than a welcome opportunity for everyone involved.