Cramming massive amounts of people into one confined area doesn’t seem like a practical idea for the foreseeable future. For fans of college football, that isn’t what you want to hear.
During his daily briefing of the coronavirus on Tuesday, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said that we should be “hesitant” to hold gatherings of 60,000 people when we get closer to football season.
“In the fall, I think we ought to be really hesitant to have 60,000 people together at something,” Beshear stated on Tuesday afternoon. “but we haven’t seen exactly where this is going to go.”
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— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) April 14, 2020
The season openers for both Kentucky’s and Louisville’s football programs are set for the first week of September. The Kentucky Debry has already been pushed back to the first week of September from its original date in May.
Kroger Field holds approximately 61,000 people. In 2017, over 158,000 people attended Churchill Downs for the Debry.
It would likely be a massive health risk to try and hold a sporting event of that magnitude, even once we reach the fall season. If the current social distancing guidelines are still in place, it would be impossible. Governor Beshear said that he and the department of health are playing “things by ear” as they receive more information each and every day.