With the college basketball season set to begin next month, we still don’t have an official word on how fan attendance will be handled amid the coronavirus.
In college football, many teams are allowing around 20-25% of maximum fan attendance in outdoor stadiums. But indoor arenas are obviously a different ballgame, and it sounds like we’ll see even less fans at Rupp Arena for Kentucky basketball games this season.
According to KSR’s Matt Jones, the working assumption is fan attendance at indoor winter sporting events in Kentucky will be capped at 15%.
Sources tell KSR that current “working assumption” for attendance for indoor college sporting events in Kentucky this winter is 15% capacity— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) October 14, 2020
UK will be able to submit a plan different than this if it wants but this is the current working assumption for Kentucky colleges
Rupp Arena has a max capacity of about 23,500 fans, so 15% of that would be around 3,500 fans. That ‘could’ change as the season progresses if an effective vaccine is introduced to the general public, but if that’s the figure they decide to do to start the season, it’s what we should expect to see for the entire season.
It’s unfortunate we likely won’t see a packed Rupp Arena crowd this season, but that’s just the world we’re living in right now.