With the recent surge of COVID-19 cases across America, it’s time to rethink how college football will be played in 2020.
While the season is still set to start on time, the biggest talking point as of late has been fan attendance in stadiums, which could be limited or flat-out banned completely to help prevent the virus from continuing to spread and claim human lives.
We’re still probably a month or two away from a final word on fan attendance in 2020 being decided. However, the decision to have tailgating this year may already be close to being made, at least in the SEC.
According to Rivals reporter Justin Rowland, the SEC could be trending toward not allowing tailgating at football games in 2020. He adds that, for now, it still looks like schools will get to decide on if their stadiums will allow fans for games.
Hearing that as of right now it's looking like no tailgating at football games this fall.— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) June 25, 2020
Trying to get more but my understanding is that was the signal from the SEC. https://t.co/1GnmpAiU9O— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) June 25, 2020
Also told that the SEC is inclined to allow its schools to make decisions on their own throughout the season, re: overall fan attendance, based on trends & covid-19 hot spots.— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) June 25, 2020
Personally, I don’t think there should be tailgating or fans in the stands for at least the first full month of the season, if not longer. COVID-19 continues to spread like wildfire, so any large gatherings of people should be limited or disallowed indefinitely.
I do think that schools should have the option to eventually begin allowing fans into games if the virus subsides as the season progresses. But letting fans tailgate and pack the stands right away is asking for disaster and unnecessary loss of human life.
What are your thoughts on tailgating and fan attendance in 2020? Lets us know in the comments section!