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Gov. Beshear Says We Should Be “Hesitant” to Bring 60,000 People Together in the Fall

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.”

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.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

61 Comments for Gov. Beshear Says We Should Be “Hesitant” to Bring 60,000 People Together in the Fall



  1. abobicesaevior
    8:14 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    #endthelockdown

    How many people will be hurt via domestic violence, substance abuse, suicide among many other unintended consequences due to this government overreach and overreaction?



    • UKinIN
      8:49 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

      Wow. Talk about missing the point.



    • abobicesaevior
      8:57 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

      I’m pretty sure you did



    • KYJelly
      9:52 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

      Answer a simple question: how many more people would have the virus, and die from it, if we had never “locked down”?



    • Han
      10:38 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

      Unfortunately, people like you see that the death toll is lower and completely miss the point that the lockdown has saved a lot of lives.



  2. ukkatzfan
    8:30 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    The year before Stoops, UK football could have played on.



  3. JT55
    8:35 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    There will be no crowds at sporting events until there’s a vaccine.



    • mm40
      8:53 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

      There will never be a vaccine that is 100% effective. We don’t have one for the flu. We have a flu shot not a vaccine. The shot is more or a treatment than a vaccine.



  4. DoubleB65
    8:38 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    I have a great idea. Let’s just all stop living.

    Give me a freaking break Andy.



    • Han
      10:38 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

      Ignore the coronavirus’s threat and you’ll get your wish.



  5. Shark
    8:39 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    But he and other liberal leaders aren’t afraid to let 60,000 illegals cross our border unchecked. Just proves they care for their own power and not common people or America.



    • LittleBoyBlue
      10:03 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah, because that is EXACTLY the same thing.



    • Han
      10:39 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

      Remember when it was a national emergency that a caravan was approaching the border right before an election, but it wasn’t an emergency when the others had approached in the past and it stopped being an emergency after the headlines had run and scared up voters for Trump? I remember.



    • satcheluk
      11:14 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

      Apparently sharks like red herrings.



  6. Swizzle
    8:48 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    Hes an idiot.



  7. Wildcat72
    8:49 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    Comrade Beshear won’t come for guns. Kentuckians will shoot his a**.



  8. Southky
    8:56 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    This guy would love to drag this crap out for years. He loves to get up in front of TV cameras every day and tell you he knows what is best for you and you will do it or else. Open your eyes. This guy wants to be a dictator. The numbers just aren’t there for this lockdown to go on and on. I know any death is a tragedy and my heart goes out to the families but the predictions were way, way off.



    • Han
      10:41 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

      If there’s one politician who loves to rant and ramble on TV, and who has declared himself a dictator, I find it hilarious you think it’s Beshear and not the guy claiming he has absolute authority (and none of the responsibility).

      The cognitive dissonance from you people in astounding.



    • satcheluk
      11:15 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

      True dat Han. Trump cultists have given in to willful ignorance.



  9. Racerr11
    9:03 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    That’s what 5 months away and that’s too far away to be thinking about now, I’m sure he has much better things to do. We have already saw significant lowering of numbers from the original models that were just crazy so wouldn’t surprise me to see things lowered significantly again. Should have much more serious things to do today than talk about something that might happen 5 months away.



  10. Righteous1
    9:03 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    Welcome to the Democratic Socialist State of Kentucky!!!! I wonder how many people in this state voted for this fool that regrets it now, since he has clearly shown his agenda and narrative! Those that voted for him are getting exactly what you deserve for that vote, unfortunately the rest of us are paying for that vote as well!



  11. Racerr11
    9:05 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    I agree 100% Righteous1. He will be a 1 timer.



  12. dhard
    9:07 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    Andy being over dramatic as he likes the attention.



  13. espn8122
    9:23 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    As a free people we have the right to challenge if he continues this in the fall. We need to write the President and people need to rebel if this is drawn out. I understand a couple of months, but at some point we need to remind them they are elected and we will not tolerate our choices and pleasure to continue to be taken away as an over precaution. When AIDS came out in the 80s it was guaranteed death and we were not sure how it was spread for a period of time. We did not have this. Again, right this minute I get it, but we must not let this control our lives for an uncalled for amount of time. The way we do that is to put pressure on the president and other leaders in the state and force the issue. Also, we as people must stand up and say enough.



    • Han
      10:49 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

      The President who says he has absolute authority, but that the governors have to get any medical supplies they need themselves because the Federal government is only going to help governors if they’re nice to him? That President? The one who was golfing and holding campaign rallies as cases were popping up all over America and his advisors were warning him we needed to be preparing? The President who’s spent more time pointing fingers at China, the WHO, and democrats than he has reading health briefings from his own staff that he claimed he never saw? The President who denies all responsibility for how the government has responded to this crisis, who claims Obama left our preparedness a wreck despite Trump being the one who fired the pandemic team and China liaison? The President who said we had it under control when it was like 12 cases, and who recently said it’d be great if we kept it to 100,000 deaths in the US? That’s who you think it’s worth writing to?

      Besides, writing the President is pointless. You need to tweet it and use a lot of memes and doctored videos if you want his attention. Be sure to praise him a lot and attack the libs and maybe he’ll retweet you on the way to the golf course where taxpayer dollars get funneled into his own organization.

      Remind me again about how your freedoms have suddenly been curtailed when Donald Trump’s been ignoring the Constitution since before he was elected.

      We elected Beshear to work with experts to speak on our behalf, and he’s doing it. And doing a much better job of it than the guy the country elected to be it’s highest civil servant, and who thinks he’s the king of the country and not its employee.



    • Bluehender
      9:48 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

      Did you get all of that espn8122? Pay attention to what Han is telling you. Especially the last two sentences..



  14. bigblue98
    9:36 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    If our president would have started working on this in January and doing more than just closing the border to China a lot of this could have been mitigated. The way to get over this is ample testing, but instead of ramping up in April they should have been ramping up in early February. That’s what we get for electing this president, and I’m not coming down as either republican or democrat. He is one of the most ineffective leaders our country has ever had – it’s hard to believe there wasn’t a better republican than him back in 16.



    • espn8122
      9:43 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

      I respect our Governor, but we should have a say in this at some point. Again, when I stay stand up I mean let your voices be heard. You write people and express your opinion.



    • Cousins Fake Tooth
      9:49 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

      What is he suppose to do you idiot? He closed travel with China in January when the Dems were too worried about a hoax impeachment. At the time he closed the border, of course Chucky boy and Nancy screamed racism, which is the only word in their vocab, at the same time, the WHO said it wasn’t contagious and isn’t something we should worry about. Nancy screaming to everyone go visit Chinatown, while the Mayor of NY tells people don’t even worry about it and to go on with your daily lives as of a month ago. I could go on and on, but its not worth arguing with a Democrat on anything, because they have their own made up facts in their heads regardless of how much proof you show them. Trump could say the grass is green, you all would swear up and down hes being a racist liar about it.

      Signed,
      Registered Independent.



    • bigblue98
      10:07 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

      In late January they declared it a global health emergency. On 1/20 the Chinese government said this could spread between humans. You might want to see if Trump has a position in his cabinet for you. It appears you’re great like he is at deflecting when the media starts asking tough questions, such as they did yesterday inquiring what occurred the entire month of February. He got tongue tied, couldn’t answer, and won’t answer. Again as I stated previously, we should have been ramping up testing. He was busy blaming the previous administration for lack of testing supplies on a virus that just came to fruition in December 2019. They should have known the correct test to make prior to Jan 2017 when he took office. And again, as I stated previously, I don’t vote along party lines. However, I don’t look to television shows such as The Apprentice to find a leader of the free world.



    • just a guy
      10:55 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

      It’s more hard to believe there wasn’t a better democrat in 16, or 20 for that matter. Trump didn’t win because people liked him. He won because people hated Hillary. And the way Biden looks it will Trump for 4 more.



    • Han
      11:02 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

      The hoax impeachment based on a whistleblower complaint that Trump and his moron sycophants confirmed almost every word of? The hoax impeachment that claimed Trump asked foreign governments to help his election (which he confirmed and did again on natonal TV) and that he obstructed the investigation of (which he boasted about)? The hoax impeachment that Trump claimed to be ignoring? The hoax impeachment that none of Trump’s cabinet had to actually deal with because he commanded them all to ignore Congressional oversight and not cooperate by testifying or providing requested documents? The hoax impeachment that the Republicans protected Trump from by declaring they weren’t reading the evidence? The hoax impeachment where multiple Republican congresspeople said what he did was wrong but not impeachable? The hoax impeachment that Trump claims he was exonerated by despite admitting to all of the crimes and just claiming they weren’t crimes because a President can do what he wants under Article II? The hoax impeachment that was so distracting that Trump was golfing and holding campaign rallies in January and February when he was supposedly too busy to be dealing with the warnings from his own health officials that there was a bigger threat from Coronavirus and closing flights from China wasn’t enough?

      What did he do in February after stopping travelers from China? Nothing.

      It may be fine for you or Fox News or even CNN to claim the Coronavirus didn’t look serious in December or January or even February, but Donald Trump had access to a lot more intelligence and a lot more experts than you or I, and he chose to ignore them and now claims he never saw the warnings. Every day he gets on TV and lies, contradicts experts, spreads misinformation, dodges questions, and attacks anyone who asks for the truth. Tell me again how he’s being treated unfairly by people expecting him to actually do the job he campaigned for and won. Tell me again how he’s being treated unfairly when he spent years attacking Obama for playing golf (far less often then Trump does) and for being a secret Kenyan Muslim (despite being far more of a Christian than Trump is). Trump isn’t getting a fair shake from the media and Democrats? Ha. It’s his job to be responsible for all of this, but with Trump, it’s not “The buck stops here,” it’s “Bucks go in my wallet, and the rest of you can lay down and die for all I care, especially if you’re Democrats.”

      Signed,
      Registered Republican



    • monstermash1
      8:52 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

      Maybe you should have ran a better candidate than crooked Hilary.

      Well said Cousins Fake Tooth!



  15. Cousins Fake Tooth
    9:45 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    But he sure isn’t hesitant when he said he wants to bring all these unvaccinated “refugees” to the state. ¯\_(?)_/¯



  16. big cat
    9:48 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    The wheels come off in 3-2-1. What a clown! My son nicknamed him Andy Be Q (rhymes with Deer)….now that’s funny right there. It’s time to get back to work. I don’t need anyone to tell me to wash my hands. It’s pretty simple. If you are sick, stay home. If you can work, get up off your butt and get after it.



  17. sgd
    10:05 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    Really tired of this fool. He is Kentucky’s version of Hunter Biden. If he thinks we are going sit in this holding pattern indefinitely, he better wake up. If you have health issues, stay home. The rest of us have a life to live before Kentucky becomes a welfare state totally dependent on the idiots in government.



  18. kacat2
    10:06 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    Like every other liberal POS Democrat he will push the doom and gloom scenario as far as possible. This has absolutely ZERO relevance right now. Just today, task forces were announced regarding opening the country back up which included getting back to playing sports. But this tyrant already has the season cancelled. FY Bashear.



  19. big cat
    10:14 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    It’s time for the 55% of Americans who work to get back to work so we can pay back 100% of the stimulus payments. And remember what Thomas Jefferson said, ” a government big enough to give you everything that you want is big enough to take everything that you have.”



  20. BigTimeOwen
    10:36 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    Lot of off-topic BS in these comments (sorry but how is immigration relevant to this). Pay back the stimulus payments? You absolute dingbats.

    He’s right, it’s dangerous to put that many people in close proximity and the way that every sporting arena is designed funnels people right into areas where it is impossible to stay far enough away from each other. Plus, too many common area surfaces, etc. That said, if they could find a way to play, there is still the TV money so I wouldn’t worry too much about that.



    • just a guy
      11:01 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

      Sounds like you need to get back in your bomb shelter. The state’s governors are pi$$ed because he didn’t do enough and thinks the federal government should have put a national lock down, NOW they’re pissed he wants to open the nation. So does he get to tell states what to do or not?



    • Han
      11:09 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

      Donald Trump told states to deal with their medical supplies shortages on their own, that the Federal stockpile wasn’t for them and he wasn’t going to force manufacturers to make PPE yet. He didn’t want any responsibility for helping the states, and only agreed to do anything if governors were personally nice to him and Pene. So now that the only thing he had going for him (“good” economy) is hurting, he suddenly wants to be the decision maker. Governors feel there’s no point listening to what he thinks about reopening the country because it’s clear he’s not basing his decision on actual experts. Or do you think his daughter, son-in-law, and various unqualified sycophants know more about the dangers of this pandemic than the medical doctors who keep cautioning that he’s rushing things?



  21. just a guy
    11:05 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    Then why didn’t Cuomo close NY since he was so smart to see it coming? Trump did what was in power of the federal government, while being called a racist and hitting opposition from Dems. Pelosi said “please come visit Chinatown it’s a great place”. Clowns



  22. AncientOne
    11:10 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    More than 38,000 people die every year in crashes on U.S. roadways. The U.S. traffic fatality rate is 12.4 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. An additional 4.4 million are injured seriously enough to require medical attention.

    CAN WE PLEASE TAKE AWAY EVERYONE’S LICENSE TO DRIVE? PLEASE ANDY, WE NEED THIS!



  23. TheTweak
    11:15 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    Forget politics for a minute, let’s talk common sense. In Andy’s view, we should never Have a crowd assemble again. No sporting events, concerts, public beaches, nothing. In a large crowd there will always be someone with a transmittable disease. So unless you accept a life of no fun going forward, I’d suggest standing up against this hysterical power grab!



  24. AncientOne
    11:36 pm April 14, 2020 Permalink

    What does the Constitution Of The United States – Amendment 1, say about the right of the people peaceably to assemble? If any of the many ‘rights’ groups wanted to assemble in Commonwealth Stadium for a peaceful demonstration would any government official dare stop it for ANY reason? Hell no!

    We are a nation of sheep, led by sheep.



  25. truebluefootballfan
    12:07 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

    All these ppl whining about being Locked down and having their rights stripped…. Am I missing something bc there are waaaay more ppl out and about now than usual bc they’re off work. I’m still working and it’s a joke to even get across town right now at any given point of the day. Sadly the ones fussing the most are the ones not abiding by the orders anyway.



  26. ScoggDog
    12:54 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

    We should be hesitant about folks that seem to really, really like them some Cult of Personality. Right now, it’s Andy – who’s doing oh so much for us to save us from ourselves.

    Andy ain’t the problem. He’s a symptom. Those that can’t get enough of Andy are the problem.

    CS Lewis has a great quote about the tyranny of the well intentioned. Read it.



  27. CahillsCrossingNT
    5:23 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

    100% of the state tax burden should be shouldered by his voters.



  28. RICKSVD
    5:59 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

    It really needs mentioning, this Han guy can eat a bag of dicks. If they cancel the football season, there is no reason to live anyways. Screw Andy the little tyrant, go out and do what you want, you can’t be stopped. I do it everyday. I traveled to Indiana and Tennessee the last couple weeks, just to hike. Tomorrow I’m going to cabelas and do take out from, world of beer , just for the fun of it. My days off now are no diffenet than any other time. You have a problem with it, come see me. I drive a black saab, and will be at cabelas, at 10, when they open. But beware, there’s an invisible boogey man floating in the air.



  29. kjd
    6:16 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

    Virus is not a death sentence. People die every day of the week every day of the year.
    At risk stay home. Caring for someone at risk stay home. The rest of us will create herd immunity. There may never be a vaccine. We also gave treatment and researching more.
    Be cautious but don’t live in fear.
    Time to get back to work in May.



  30. John Henry
    7:30 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

    America is laughing at Kentucky with images on their TV sets of State Police taking down tag numbers in church parking lots. What kind of moron did you elect? Football fans are going to fill stadiums across the nation in the fall. With or without Kentucky. If UK wants to sit the season out a lot of SEC teams will be thankful. UK is not a push over anymore.

    So sit home while Gov Beshear fiddles around and smiles like a pretty boy for the TV cameras. Turn the football stadium into a portable hospital with no patients and watch the SEC Network as the rest of the league plays ball. Football will be played.



    • bigblue98
      11:54 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

      This comment won’t age well.



  31. big cat
    8:43 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

    SMH, this guy is a freaking clown. If they can arrest folks for trying to attend church, then what’s next? He’ll be a one and done. I’ll predict that folks will give this whole thing about 2 more weeks before the wolves start circling. Mark it down, there will be politicians after the COVID-19 passes, who will try to hold on to the police state powers that were enacted because of this “emergency” that we are in now. Wait and see. Big government folks.



  32. monstermash1
    8:53 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

    Andy just sits there every day and reports on what has happened. Any clown could walk up in front of that camera and do that. Where is his plans to reboot the economy?



  33. Southky
    9:08 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

    Han, the TDS is strong with you. Lol



  34. Bluehender
    9:40 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

    That’s hilarious Southky…pay attention to what Han is telling you



    • Bluehender
      9:41 am April 15, 2020 Permalink

      This comment was meant for your ridiculous comment above Southky..



  35. Go Deep
    12:16 pm April 15, 2020 Permalink

    Wow, this is just stupid. We can’t prevent death. People need to choose what’s best for them and take the risks that they want. No one will be forced to go to a football game. No one is forced to play in the game. The risk of death from this is extremely low. Will be people get sick, will people die? Yes, since the beginning of time. No one has been successful in preventing death.



    • Bluehender
      3:20 pm April 15, 2020 Permalink

      You’re right. Everything you just said is stupid. Try thinking about someone else besides yourself. You may not be risking your life, but the life of your child or parents, or grandparents. Or spouse. Think….



  36. jaws2
    12:24 pm April 15, 2020 Permalink

    You know what Han? For you folks with TDS you are going to have to live your lives in misery for another 41/2 YEARS!
    Russia Russia Russia Impeach Impeach Impeach Covid Covid Covid……..!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA



  37. ziplock
    4:15 pm April 15, 2020 Permalink

    We need a vaccine for TDS, and with Gates “performance” vaccines in India and Africa I’m not letting him anywhere near me