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The logistics involved in getting a 2020 college football season are daunting. One of the most dramatic and noticeable changes this year as opposed to any other may not be what is happening on the field, however.
As the NBA, NHL and MLB return to action without fans, schools across the country are forced to deal with a tough reality. While some schools have announced plans that allow fans to attend college football games in a limited capacity, that doesn’t mean fans are eager to pack the stands.
In the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, fans were asked if they would be open to attending a college football game in person this season. Just over 50 percent of fans said they would.
All four of the major American sports leagues have struggled with the bottom-line hit caused by losing ticket sales. But none of them pack in crowds like the biggest college football stadiums around the country, which pack in sometimes upwards of 100,000 fans each game.
Now, for Ole Miss, we’re talking about at the most 65,000 fans in Vaught-Hemingway stadium, but we all know there are plenty more remaining in the Grove during the game. The likelihood of a packed VHS come September is pretty unlikely based on everything we’re hearing at the Cup.
I personally would like to see students be the first priority for games along with everyone in luxury suites - to me these are the most important groups to cater to for college football. The luxury suites in theory are somewhat controllable, small areas where fans can have very limited interactions with large numbers of people. For the students - sit wherever you please, social distance, and concession stands would have to remain closed most likely.
There’s plenty of other theories to go around here, and we want to hear your opinion on if you’d go to games, how many fans should be allowed, and what it should look like on gameday in the stadium and in the Grove. Comment below or hit us up on Twitter @redcuprebellion.
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