As teams begin to prepare for the 2020 college football season, athletic directors around the NCAA are making plans for how to get fans into seats this year during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stadium revenue from the college football season is essential for many universities across the country. It became clearer how badly schools want fans in attendance following a wild comparison by Louisiana State’s athletic director Scott Woodward.
During a town hall with The Advocate, Woodward opened up about the difficulties the COVID-19 pandemic has caused for the NCAA, how it will influence a potential college football season and what it all means for fans.
While he admitted there won’t be a clear outlook on what the upcoming season will look like until July, Woodward also compared the risk of attending games to car accidents.
In regard to fans in stadiums, Scott Woodward compares it to car accidents:— Brody Miller (@BrodyAMiller) June 4, 2020
"We're willing to assume some risk, and I think fans are getting to that. I think football is to the point to where fans really want that and will assume some risk." #LSU
Many universities are dependent on the revenue generated from ticket sales and money generated from game-day operations. We’ve seen the ramifications of sports being suspended with the likes of Furman University, Bowling Green and the University of Akron eliminating sports programs.
While hundreds of schools might be forced to make tough decisions this summer due to the financial crisis, LSU isn’t one of them.
LSU athletic director Scott Woodward on the prospect of financial cuts brought on by the coronavirus pandemic: "I don’t need to make any draconian cuts, whether it’s to sports or personnel…. We're in a very healthy situation."— Wilson Alexander (@whalexander_) June 4, 2020
Coming off a national title and with the program’s future looking promising, the Tigers are in great position to keep producing.
Despite having a great financial standing, LSU seems ready to take the risk of bringing fans into Tiger Stadium. Of course, the Tigers might mitigate that risk by requiring fans to sign a waiver before attending football games this fall.