The only bigger question surrounding the upcoming college football season than if it'll happen in the fall, is if fans will be allowed in attendance.
Well, it's not looking great.
In a letter to current Oregon students, University of Oregon President Michael Schill said that it is "unlikely" that Autzen Stadium will be at full capacity this fall season but that the final decision has not been made yet.
The outlook for large sporting events – such as football games – is continuing to develop. The health and safety of our student-athletes and the broader campus community are the biggest factors we must consider. I do think it is unlikely that we'll be able to pack Autzen Stadium this fall like we normally would, but the final decision on our game-day experience will be dictated by state and local health authorities. We'll provide details as soon as they're available. - University of Oregon President Michael Schill
This is another step towards there being limited fan attendance, if any fan attendance, this upcoming football season.
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In May, Oregon governor Kate Brown said that all mass gatherings through at least September will be cancelled.
"Concerts, conventions, festivals, live audience sports won't be possible until a reliable treatment or prevention is available," said Brown. "It is unknown at this time when this will be. Therefore, all large gatherings should be cancelled or significantly modified through at least September. Further guidance on large gatherings scheduled for later in the fall will be provided this summer."
Schill added in the letter, outlined protocol for the fall term at Oregon, which will include in-person classes ending when Thanksgiving break begins and having dead week and final exams fully online. As for how many classes will be offered in-person, Schill estimates around 70 percent, but all classes with more than 50 students will be online.
Masks will be required "in class, in campus buildings, and in other non-personal spaces."
Schill also announced a testing plan that will allow the university to test thousands of students for COVID-19 per week.
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Autzen Stadium 'unlikely' to be full says Oregon President originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest