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Update on UK’s plan for fan attendance at football and basketball games

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UK still believes fans will be attending games but with capacity greatly reduced.

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The University of Kentucky is still planning on having fans for football and basketball games this fall, but not at full capacity.

According to KSR, UK athletics director Mitch Barnhart is telling donors that the school could have just 50% of fans at games this fall.

Two sources have informed Kentucky Sports Radio that UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart has been contacting donors to discuss scenarios for the upcoming seasons, with the primary plan calling for 50% capacity at football and basketball games. For Kroger Field, that would mean a crowd of 30,500 and for Rupp Arena, 10,272 (due to the most recent renovations, Rupp’s capacity is now 20,545). All fans with football season tickets would be covered.

With the coronavirus pandemic still ongoing, it’s very hard to see anyone having full stadium capacity at sporting events this fall. It’s just far too big of a risk with how easily the virus has been spreading across America, so having reduced capacity to some degree is a smart move.

At this point, it’s still far from a done deal that there are any fans at games for the rest of the year, though we are seeing sports like MLS and NASCAR having fans in attendance at some events right now.

We’re just under two months until the college football season begins, so it won’t be long until we get a final word on fan attendance for UK games in 2020, at least for the first couple of games. If things improve, perhaps we’ll see more fans allowed at games as the regular season wears on in what hopes to be special seasons for the UK football and hoops teams.

But at the rate things are going, we’ll be lucky to see the season start on time with any fans in the stands.

Be sure to read KSR’s full update.