Happy Valley will be quiet this fall. This morning, Penn State announced that fans will not be allowed at home games this season.
A letter from @NittanyvillePSU.
— Nittanyville (@NittanyvillePSU) August 6, 2020
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.