Texas governor expects 50 percent capacity for football games

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told athletic directors from the state’s Football Bowl Subdivision programs to expect 50 percent capacity at football games this fall, Dan Wolken of USA Today reports.

It stands to reason that the state’s two NFL teams can expect the same.

AT&T Stadium, home to the Cowboys, does not have an official capacity with the team allowing only that it can “seat up to 100,000.” The Cowboys led the league with an average home attendance of 90,929 last season.

NRG Stadium lists its seating capacity as 72,220, and the Texans ranked ninth in the NFL with an average home crowd of 71,793.

It remains unknown what the NFL would do if some states allow fans (or some fans) and others don’t.

Texas plans to open the door to its teams playing in front of at least reduced capacities, Abbott said a teleconference with 12 athletic directors Friday, per Wolken.

Texas A&M athletic director Ross Bjork and University of Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte both recently had expressed optimism about being allowed to fill their stadiums to capacity. But the state’s seven-day average of new daily confirmed cases of COVID-19 cases continues to climb.

Kyle Field, where the Aggies play, seats 102,733 and Darrell K Royal, where the Longhorns play, will seat 95,594 this season while under construction.

“As of today, we still have time on our side, and we will not make decisions based on incomplete information,” Bjork said in a teleconference Saturday, via Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle. “As we’ve learned throughout this unprecedented situation, everything remains fluid, and there are a number of scenarios for attending upcoming pro and college sporting events.”

9 responses to “Texas governor expects 50 percent capacity for football games

  1. Hospitalizations heading straight up here and this Goober thinks there will be football in the fall. Guess he’s not paying attention to what has already happened at Alabama, Iowa State and hello, The University of Houston. Abbott needs to go away.

  2. The NFL will lose millions on millions. Good. Hope all the players become sick and the league go bankrupt.

  3. The governor, is wrong about this one. There should not be any football until contact tracing on those players is completed. Imagine, they were probably in different areas of the state and more than likely infected at least 1 person wherever they went.

  4. At 50% capacity, people will be crowded together entering the stadium, leaving the stadium and in the bathrooms.

    If the NFL is going to allow people to spread the virus, do it at 100% capacity. At least you’ll get a game or two in before everything is shut down again.

    If everyone distanced and wore masks, the economy would be good again, just like it is in countries that weren’t selfish about the “FREEDOM” to infect others.

  5. You cant have 50% capacity for outdoor sports, I’s got to be much less, and that includes wearing a mask. You can’t maintain 6 feet with people sitting close behind you, even in checkerboard formation.

    And for indoor sports you need even more space since there is no wind to dispel the airborne particles.

  6. A packed stadium, even at 50% capacity will spread the virus like wildfire. We know that it spreads through droplets and vapor coming from our mouths and noses. Talking can spread it. Singing can spread it more quickly. Yelling (cheering) at a game will spread it even more quickly.

    People likely won’t wear masks for much of the time since they will be eating and drinking…..and some will not wear a mask out of ignorance.

    Can you even imagine the scene in the bathrooms? Small, enclosed places crowded with people, most not wearing masks. If you wanted to spread the virus, that would be a great way to do it.

    I think that the best we can hope for, this year, is for the NFL to play with no fans in the stadiums….and even that is a stretch.

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