University Park (93.7 The Fan) - The Penn State football season will begin--and likely continue--without fans at Beaver Stadium.
Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barbour said Thursday Penn State continues to plan for a safe return to campus and to sports and remains hopeful that student-athletes will be back in action in the fall.
However, in an email to football season ticket holders, Barbour said, at present, any athletic events will not allow for spectators.
"As of today, the current large group gatherings guidance from the Governor's office limits capacity to 250 people for outside events and 25 people for inside events," Barbourt wrote. "Therefore, under the current conditions and current state orders, our fall sports events would be conducted without fans in the general seating areas of our facilities. We continue to work with the Governor's office to discuss, and possibly be prepared for the opportunity to have spectators at our fall Penn State sporting events."
Barbour added that despite the state orders, Penn State will continue to refine plans to welcome fans, should the conditions and orders be revised to allow for it.
The Big Ten's revised schedule has Penn State hosting Northwestern to open the season on September 5. Four other games are scheduled at Beaver Stadium (Sep 26 vs Michigan State, Oct 17 vs Maryland, Oct 24 vs Iowa, Nov 7 vs Ohio State).
Barbour also said regardless of whether there are sporting events or not, Penn State's revenue losses will be in the high eight figures, reaching nine figures in the case of no competition.
The email outlines three options for football season ticket holders that previously paid for seats and made donations to the program:
1) Convert 2020 Football Season Ticket Purchase into a Tax-Deductible Donation
2) Rollover to 2021 Football Season Tickets
3) Request a Full Refund
In closing, Barbour thanks season ticket holders for "whatever support you are able to provide for Penn State Athletics at this time."