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Ohio State football stadium could house up to 50,000 fans ‘if guidelines are relaxed’ by fall: athletic director

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Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith is optimistic that Buckeyes fans will likely be within the stands this fall, a lot in order that believes the stadium will likely be at practically half capability “if guidelines are relaxed.”

Smith advised reporters on Wednesday that the college has run a number of social distancing fashions that may permit at the very least 20,000 fans within the stands and up to 50,000 if state and federal guidelines lighten up by the beginning of the season, in accordance to ESPN.

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“We have performed with that just a little bit as a framework to begin as we transfer ahead and take into consideration what we would finally be allowed to do,” Smith mentioned of Ohio Stadium which seats 102,780.

Nov 23, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Chase Young (2) fires up the home fans during the second half against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio Stadium. (Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports)

“We’re fortunate, with 100,000 seats in the stadium,” Smith continued. “So could we implement the present CDC guidelines, state guidelines round bodily distancing, masks necessities and all these sorts of issues in an out of doors setting and have clearly considerably much less fans than we are used to? I believe it is doable.”

However Smith thinks if any athletic program can pull it off — its Ohio State’s.

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“I simply really feel like we now have the expertise and ability and house capability to present a possibility for a sure variety of fans to have entry to our specific stadium. After all, that would not be true throughout the nation due to capability. However I believe we will get there.”

So if the college is compelled to run with a mannequin on the low finish of the capability estimates, who will get precedence seating? Smith mentioned there’s already a factors system in place however that after that, the college will take a look at the athletes households, college students and school first.

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“Our point system has held the test of time, so that would probably be one. Then, of course, the parents and the guests of our student-athletes and coaches would be a high priority. We’d come up with a strategy, but we haven’t nailed that down.”

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