The Louisville Cardinals are planning to play college football this fall, and they hope to do so with fans in the stands.
Barring an update from the ACC Medical Advisory Group telling them otherwise, Louisville Director of Athletics Vince Tyra released an announcement this afternoon confirming that the school will play football this fall.
“As this week comes to a close, I can tell you that the Louisville Cardinals and the ACC are planning to move forward with the plan to play football,” said Tyra. “We do not anticipate this changing unless new information comes forward from the ACC Medical Advisory Group.”
Tyra also noted that the school has submitted a plan to Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear about allowing limited fans in the stands at Cardinal Stadium. As soon as that plan is approved, Louisville will reach out to season ticket holders about specific numbers and their plan of attack.
“Additionally, we have submitted our plan for fans to be in attendance at home games in a limited capacity to Governor Beshear’s office and we hope to receive an answer from them shortly,” Tyra added. “Once we do, we will reach out to our season ticket holders immediately.”
— Vince Tyra (@vincetyra) August 14, 2020
So what does the University of Kentucky plan to do?
In a Zoom meeting with the Lexington Rotary Club back in July, UK AD Mitch Barnhart said the capacity at Kentucky football games will likely be determined by Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and the working officials in Frankfort.
“In terms of capacity, I think a lot of that’s going to come out of Frankfort,” Barnhart said, via Josh Moore of the Herald-Leader. “We’re watching the Kentucky Derby very closely to see how the Derby is managed. That comes up on Sept. 5. Others states, you’ve heard 50 percent, you’ve heard different numbers, and social distancing.”
As much as he’d love to see a jam-packed Kroger Field this fall, Barnhart knows the chances of that happening are slim-to-none.
“I will say, I don’t know how we’ll ever be at 100 percent capacity or what we’ll call that,” Barnhart said. “We’ll have to figure something up. I would love to have fans in the stands. I don’t know where I fall on percentages, but I want as many people in there watching the Cats as we can get in there. So we’ll leave it at that. We’ve gotta step through football first before we figure out basketball. One step at a time.”