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Penn State: No fans at football games

UNIVERSITY PARK – If football games are played at Beaver Stadium this fall, it will be done without fans.

On Thursday, Penn State announced that it is preparing for the upcoming fall sports season without fans in attendance. And yes, that includes football. The announcement was made by Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barbour in a letter to season ticket holders on Thursday morning.

“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,” Barbour said in the letter. “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.”

As far as Penn State football season ticket holders are concerned, the athletic department has offered three options for those in possession of season tickets; turning season ticket purchases into a tax-deductible donation to the department, rolling 2020 season tickets into the 2021 season and finally a full refund.

Each option comes with additional benefits as well.

The impact of not having fans at football games will have massive financial ramifications on the university.

“Regardless of whether we play or don’t play, our revenue losses will be in the high eight figures,” Barbour said in the letter. “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.”

According to gopsusports.com, Barbour is scheduled to have a news conference later today. Check back for updates.

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