Yet another SEC program has announced its game day plans and stadium capacity, and it isn’t the University of Kentucky.
This afternoon, LSU Athletics announced Tiger Stadium will open the 2020 season with 25 percent capacity, among other guidelines.
“This plan focuses on the health and safety of all those attending LSU football games, from the fans to the team to the workers,” said Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards. “By reducing the capacity and taking a year off from tailgating, which puts LSU in line with other SEC schools, the plan allows for fans to be socially distanced in Death Valley. I encourage the Tiger faithful to adhere to these guidelines and to act responsibly, as there is still a lot of COVID in Louisiana. We will continue to monitor our case counts, test positivity rate and hospitalizations and make adjustments as necessary. While this season is undoubtedly starting out differently from a normal football season, with COVID keeping all of us from celebrating together, nothing can dim the support we have for our LSU Tigers.”
Tiger Stadium has a max capacity of 102,321, fans, meaning roughly 25,580 fans will be allowed in during the 2020 season.
Among numerous safety measures, fans will be required to wear face masks on campus and in Tiger Stadium, tailgating on campus will not be permitted, and physical distancing will be mandatory.
“By all of us doing a few things differently this season, we’re going to safely play football with fans in the stands and that’s exciting for everyone who loves LSU,” said LSU Athletic Director Scott Woodward. “Doing this safely and smartly is our shared responsibility. It’s important for this community, our school and our student-athletes. We’re in this together and we are all excited to play football in Tiger Stadium with the greatest fans in America. I want to thank Gov. Edwards and his team for their strong support and guidance during this time.”
As for who can attend, single-game tickets will not be available at this time, while season ticketholders for 2020 have been informed to expect their total allotment of tickets to be reduced in order to ensure a maximum number of ticketholders can attend games in 2020. Student tickets will also be made available.
Following LSU’s announcement, Kentucky is now just one of two schools without an attendance policy in place, with the other being Vanderbilt.
This past weekend, though, Justin Rowland and Travis Graf of Cats Illustrated broke the news that Kentucky is hoping to allow 20 percent of fans in general seating, along with 50 percent in suites.
As of this week, here are the updated attendance numbers throughout the SEC:
- Alabama – 20,364 max, 20% of stadium
- Arkansas – ~17,000 max, 23% of stadium
- Auburn – 17,490 max, 20% of stadium
- Florida – ~17,000 max, 20% of stadium
- Georgia – Between 18,550 and 23,180, 25% of stadium
- Kentucky – No policy announced
- LSU – 25,580 fans, 25% of stadium
- Mississippi State – 15,334 max, 25% of stadium
- Missouri – 15,655 max, 25% of stadium
- Ole Miss – 16,009 max, 25% of stadium
- South Carolina – 20,000
- Tennessee – 25,614 max, 25% of stadium
- Texas A&M – 25,683 max, 25% of stadium
- Vanderbilt – No policy announced