No fans at Penn State games, at least for now

There are three options for 2020 season ticket-holders

August 07, 2020 - 5:55 am
Penn State University

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Penn State will be playing football this fall, but there will be no fans in the stands. That decision could change if there's any change in the recommendations of the Governor and Pa. Dept, of Health. The University sent an email explaining the decision and offering refunds to season ticket holders. Read the full statement information on refunds HERE. 

From Penn State Athletic Director Sandy Barbour:

As you may have seen, the Big Ten announced the 2020 football schedule and medical protocolsyesterday and we expect additional fall sport schedules to be announced in the coming days and weeks.
We continue to plan for a safe return to campus and to sports and remain hopeful our student-athletes will be back in action this fall. We have been in communication with the Governor's office throughout this process and have worked actively with University leadership, Big Ten, NCAA and State and County public health officials.
As of today, the current large group gatherings guidance from the Governor's office limits capacity to 250 people for outside events and 25 people for inside events. Therefore, under the current conditions and current state orders, our fall sports events would be conducted without fans in the general seating areas of our facilities. We continue to work with the Governor's office to discuss, and possibly be prepared for the opportunity to have spectators at our fall Penn State sporting events.
Despite the current state orders, we continue to refine our plans to welcome Nittany Lion fans, should the conditions and orders be revised to accommodate spectators at events. These plans will have the safety and wellbeing of our student-athletes, coaches, staff, fans and community at the forefront. Let me be clear; we will only enact these plans should the orders currently in place by the Governor and the PA Department of Health accommodate such activity based on conditions and public health advice.
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 our times of the most acute need. This is one of those moments.
Regardless of whether we play or don't play, our revenue losses will be in the high eight figures, reaching nine figures in the case of no competition. We cannot let this pandemic stall or wipe out all of the incredible work and progress that, with your help, our students and our programs have been able to achieve in the classroom, in our community and, of course, in our competitive venues. On March 12, 2020, when the NCAA Winter Championships were cancelled and our spring sports were halted, your Nittany Lions were in position to complete one of the best years in our history. All this with record-setting academics as the backdrop. We need to be in position to come out of the pandemic with a running start, and we need your support to do that.  


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