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Penn State announces no fans at games this season

Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Valley will be quiet this fall. This morning, Penn State announced that fans will not be allowed at home games this season.

Current state orders in Pennsylvania limit capacity at outside events to 250 people. Beaver Stadium holds 107,000 fans. The Nittany Lions are scheduled to start the season vs. Northwestern on September 5. In an email to season ticket holders, Penn State Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barbour said that the school is developing a plan should the coronavirus conditions and state orders change.

“Penn State Athletics has always and will always put the health, safety and education of our students as our top priority. The current COVID-19 environment is no exception. Your support and generosity have always been the cornerstone of our ability to provide our coaches, staff and students with the resources necessary to meet our students’ needs in those areas. You have ALWAYS supported our students at the times of the most acute need. This is one of those moments.

“… As Nittany Lions, we are a gritty, resilient, passionate family who has been through much together. We have always stuck together and persevered through whatever the challenge. I know first-hand this crisis has impacted each of you in a variety of ways and I pray that you and your families are healthy and safe. Thank you for whatever support you are able to provide for Penn State Athletics at this time. For now, it is from afar, but we look forward to a time when we can bring our Penn State family back together again.”

Without fans in the stands, Barbour said Penn State is facing revenue losses of “high eight figures, reaching nine figures” if football isn’t played at all. Yeesh.

[Sports Illustrated]

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11 Comments for Penn State announces no fans at games this season

  1. UKFanSC
    11:43 am August 6, 2020 Permalink

    It really hit home when the lost revenue projection for this one university, for this one sport, is in the hundred million dollar range. Just think of the damage to the global economy this virus has caused. Unprecedented. And likely to get considerably worse before it gets better. Tough times.

    • makeitstop
      2:35 pm August 6, 2020 Permalink

      We better be holding China accountable to defray the cost, which is almost incalculable.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      4:27 pm August 6, 2020 Permalink

      makeit, I agree, but I don’t know how we do that. The people who run the UN, and I would guess the international courts as well, hate the US. You’re right though. The fact that they covered up and lied about so much info (with aid and comfort from the corrupt WHO no less) is incredible.

    • WKY Cat
      4:31 pm August 6, 2020 Permalink

      Chris it’s actually easy. I wouldn’t go through the courts. I’d estimate the cost and tell them to choke on the same amount of debt we have with them.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      4:42 pm August 6, 2020 Permalink

      But they would just retaliate in some way I would think. After all, they had the opportunity to contain the virus, at least somewhat, but chose to let it spread purposely. These people responsible don’t care about human lives. The government is run by the same types that were responsible for what happened in Tiananmen Square.

  2. UKinIN
    12:11 pm August 6, 2020 Permalink

    I really hope the networks have open microphones on the field. The amount of cussing …

  3. satcheluk
    2:01 pm August 6, 2020 Permalink

    Sad Valley, lol

  4. satcheluk
    2:03 pm August 6, 2020 Permalink

    That’s actually a great idea. Since no fans, why not mike up every player and just beep any blue language. Fans who never played football would be shocked.

  5. J. Did
    7:29 pm August 6, 2020 Permalink

    Interesting. What 100% proof do we, the US, have that this covid-19 originated or was ‘concocted’ in China (Wuhan, or otherwise)? It is repeated by CHrUMP – incessantly – that GI-NUH is the source. Yes, I’ve seen the satellite footage of Hospital parking lots in Wuhan before and after a/the ‘suspected’ incident. We need more proof. Perhaps the truth is being suppressed while the BLM is a smokescreen (BLM being a power-grabbing, illegitimate, disruptive, anarchist movement). Other than that, I’d agree with WKY Cat. We’ll need some good negotiators.

  6. tureadi
    8:17 pm August 6, 2020 Permalink

    Herre girls get acquainted with guyys and not vice versa –

  7. wildcats8
    12:58 am August 7, 2020 Permalink

    State Pen… I mean penn state shouldn’t even have a football team