It’s seemed unlikely that football stadiums would be at full capacity for the fall 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For weeks now, athletic directors across the B1G and the country have discussed limited capacity plans for the season.
Penn State University President Eric Barron was the latest to chime in on that front. He also does not believe there will be any venues at maximum capacity for the upcoming college football season.
“I know of no school for which Penn State has interaction that is planning to fill stadiums,” Barron said, according to Audrey Snyder of The Athletic. “And in fact, at most they’re considering a very reduced number of students. So for example, electronic ticketing, no cash, different sanitation procedures, social distancing.”
Eric Barron: "I know of no school for which Penn State has interaction that is planning to fill stadiums. And in fact, at most they're considering a very reduced number of students. So for example, electronic ticketing, no cash, different sanitation procedures, social distancing"
— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) June 22, 2020
So, not only does Barron not anticipate a full crowd at Beaver Stadium this fall, he doesn’t expect anyone else in the B1G to allow maximum capacity, either. That shouldn’t be too surprising given recent trends.
Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith discussed plans that would allow anywhere from 20-50 percent capacity for home games. Purdue University President Mitch Daniels talked about having Ross-Ade Stadium at one-fourth capacity. Nebraska AD Bill Moss discussed 20-30 percent of capacity at Memorial Stadium.
While full stadiums haven’t officially been ruled out, it seems like a long shot at this point.