The conversations are starting to escalate on what a college football season could look like in the fall of 2020.
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith spoke to media members Wednesday where he talked about possible scenarios for fans to return to Ohio Stadium in the fall.
Smith mentioned the university had discussions on allowing a limited number of fans into Ohio State’s 100,000-plus capacity outdoor stadium. Following the CDC social distancing guidelines, Smith said Ohio State could fit 20,000-25,000 fans into the stadium safely. If the restrictions are relaxed in the future, that number could jump to larger crowds.
“Could we implement the current CDC guidelines about distancing in an outdoor environment and significantly less fans than we’re used to? I think It’s possible,” Smith said.
Smith also clarified his statements in a tweet Thursday saying crowds could get larger if guidelines are relaxed:
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf told reporters on a conference call Wednesday that a vaccine would be necessary for Penn State crowds to fully return to sporting events.
Penn State athletics responded to the governors comments and Ohio State’s possible plan with this statement on Thursday:
“As always, the safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and community is our first priority. We continue our planning for various scenarios and will continue to follow guidance from health officials, as well as our campus leadership and state leaders.”
Smith also mentioned student-athletes could be allowed back to campus on June 8 and they will be able to resume workouts in small numbers with extra precautions in place.
Penn State is set to host Ohio State on Saturday, Oct. 24 – dependent on the season starting on time.