Will there be fans in Neyland Stadium this fall when the Tennessee Vols take the field for their seven home games?
That’s one of the biggest questions surrounding the program, and the rest of college football, this offseason.
But due to the unpredictable nature of the novel coronavirus, no one is quite certain what to expect when the 2020 season begins.
Vols athletic director Phillip Fulmer, however, is at least feeling optimistic these days that some fans will be in the stands for Tennessee football games.
“I would be telling you a lie if I told you I knew exactly what was going to be happening in the stadium in the fall,” said Fulmer during the recent Big Orange Connect program.
Fulmer added, “I can tell you, it’s more positive than it was, and whatever we do we’ll be having the safety of our athletes, our coaches and our fans in mind first and foremost”.
Fulmer’s reason for optimism isn’t baseless.
Texas recently announced they would allow stadiums in Texas to open at 25 percent capacity. This week, the state announced it had upped that capacity to 50 percent.
NASCAR is reportedly considering allowing fans to attend races later this month (in a reduced capacity).
Things are certainly moving in a positive direction as far as fans attending football games this fall. But there’s a lot of moving parts to this — especially when it comes to away games.
It’s too early to know exactly what the fall holds. But for now, it appears there’s a good chance there will be some fans will be in the stands at Neyland in 2020.
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