Top Programs Set The Bar For Seating Availability
While college football fans hold their collective breath about the decision to play vs not to play, two Big 12 universities have allowed their fans to breathe just a bit easier today. The University of Oklahoma announced yesterday that they will allow a 25% percent capacity in Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (Which would mean 21,528 fans would be able to attend). This was shortly after the decision from the Big 12 to continue with fall football.
OU athletics director, Joe Castiglione, said in a press release yesterday, "The capacity reduction will allow us to create distancing inside the seating bowl. Other policies will be introduced after we alter our operations as a result of the COVID-19 virus."
Shortly after Oklahoma made their attendance announcement, the Baylor University athletics department announced their attendance to also be set at 25% (Which would mean 11,285 fans would be able to attend).
Baylor University Vice President of Athletics, Mack B. Rhoades made this statement this afternoon, "McLane Stadium has been re-manifested to support social distancing and priority single-game tickets will be sold to season ticket holder's first."
Both Oklahoma and Baylor have begun the process of reaching out to fans, students, and season-ticket holders to get an idea of who would be interested in attending. If there is any silver lining that has come from all of the news this past week, it would be these two schools announcing these capacity numbers.
Alabama has not made any official announcement about capacity as of yet, but these two schools have given college football something to look forward to, a chance to see the Crimson Tide fight for another SEC and National Championship.