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In Ohio, it never really stops being football season.
The Ohio State University Spring Game is tentatively set for April 17, but it won’t be the same as years past. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, officials aren’t sure yet whether or not fans will be able to be in attendance.
Last month, Governor Mike DeWine announced that sports teams could have up to 30% capacity. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith told Cleveland.com that percentage would roughly equate to 15,000 to 20,000 fans in Ohio Stadium, “once we distance seating depending on pod sizes.”
While no decisions have been made about fans yet, there are plans to have players families and perhaps even first responders in the stands for the big scrimmage. In February, Smith confirmed that there won’t be any tickets sold for the Spring Game.
Yesterday, The Department of Athletics put out a statement in regards to Fan Attendance for BIG Ten athletic events, which you can read below.
“In response to the Big Ten Conference announcement today regarding attendance policies at home athletics events for its member schools, the Ohio State Department of Athletics will work internally and with Columbus Public Health to formalize appropriate attendance figures, mapping and social distancing within our athletics venues and facilities. Once we have determined the attendance in our venues, beyond the current protocols of only family members of student-athletes and coaches, we will share that information. We do not anticipate any changes in our attendance policies before this weekend’s athletic events on campus.”
If you’d like to take a look at the spring lineup for OSU, please click here.
Who’s ready for some football? O-H!
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