Report: No fans allowed at Rutgers football games in 2020
If the college football season happens for Rutgers this year, it will proceed without fans in attendance. Steve Politi of NJ.com reported the news on Monday that football games will be played without spectators in 2020.
A no-fan policy will also apply to the NFL’s New York Jets and New York Giants, who also played their home games in New Jersey. The news comes after Gov. Phil Murphy said there would be a 500-person limit on outdoor gatherings throughout the state due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Per Politi’s report, Rutgers receives approximately $750,000 per home game during a normal college football season. Some of that profit would’ve already been wiped out, as the B1G eliminated all nonconference games from its schedule earlier this month.
However, per NJ.com, Rutgers could lose approximately $50 million if the college football season is canceled entirely. So far, the B1G has yet to release a new schedule for the 2020 season and has not made any permanent decisions.
Limited attendance or no fans at all has always been a potential strategy for college football teams to ensure a season is played. It seems that Rutgers will be one of the first to make that move official, due to New Jersey’s current state policies.