'It's going to suck': Wisconsin TE will miss seeing a full Camp Randall Stadium in 2020
Camp Randall Stadium is on the bucket list for a lot of college football fans. The raucous crowd, exhilarating atmosphere and unique history separates it from many venues in the sport.
What’s it going to be like without any fans in 2020, though? Wisconsin tight end Jake Ferguson didn’t sugarcoat his thought.
“It’s going to suck,” Ferguson said on a Zoom call according to Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “It’s going to suck for sure.”
#Badgers TE Jake Ferguson on playing in CRS with no fans: "It's going to suck. It's going to suck for sure."
— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) October 16, 2020
Obviously, Camp Randall isn’t the only venue sitting empty this fall. Some of the best environments in college football — Ohio Stadium, Beaver Stadium, Kinnick Stadium, Memorial Stadium and Michigan Stadium — will also see very limited crowds this year with the B1G opting to only allow families of parents and coaches. But it’s still something players will need to adjust to this year.
For teams that depend on crowd noise to serve as a 12th man during big games, not having that home-field advantage will be a major change.
Wisconsin will play its first game of the 2020 season — without any fans — on Friday, Oct. 23 against Illinois. The Badgers are looking to get revenge on the Fighting Illini, who pulled off a major upset in Champaign in 2019.