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Penn State Football: No Tickets To Be Sold For Upcoming Big Ten Season

by on September 16, 2020 1:10 PM

If everything goes according to plan Penn State football fans will be able to watch the Nittany Lions this coming October for a shortened season, but they'll have to do it from home according to Big Ten officials.

“From the standpoint of what the resolution that [was] approved, we are not going to permit fans in general,” Penn State Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barbour said during a Zoom call on Wednesday. Barbour, a member of the league's Return To Play task force.

"We are looking to see what we can do on a campus-by-campus basis to accommodate the families of our student-athletes, both home and away, as well as the families of staff, but as a conference, we’ve made a decision, no public sale of tickets."

Previously Penn State had presented an attendance plan to the state health department for just over 23,000 fans but that plan was subsequently rejected. Current state guidelines indicate that no more than 250 people may attend an outdoor sporting event, a figure that includes athletes, coaches and various operational personnel. 

Barbour had alluded earlier in the summer to the possibility that Beaver Stadium's press box and suites area might be considered separate entities from Beaver Stadium itself since all three have unique entrances and exits.

It's unclear at this time how Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and his administration might rule in regards to this proposition, or if Beaver Stadium's general size would allow for some leniency for a few hundred family members in the stands of a stadium that holds 110,000.

Wolf is scheduled to speak to reporters on other matters, but will be available, later Wednesday afternoon. No fans are currently attending any professional sporting events in the state and very limited numbers of fans and family members are allowed to attend high school sporting events.



Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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