While the Big Ten and PAC-12 Postpone Fall Seasons, SEC Moves Forward With Fans in the Stands

By Kevin Harrish on August 18, 2020 at 10:55 am
It just means more.
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While the Big Ten postponed its fall season a week ago with hopes of instead playing in the spring, the SEC is not only moving forward with a fall season, the conference is planning for the possibility of fans in the stands, releasing a set of conference-wide guidelines on Tuesday morning.

"These fan guidelines have been adopted by the 14 member schools of the Southeastern Conference as baseline recommendations for the campus management of fan health and safety," said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. "Although local and state guidelines will determine if and how many fans can attend games, these guidelines provide conference-wide expectations for protection of guests who are able to attend our games."

The plan itself does not look much different from the one Ohio State released in late July with masks required for all spectators while they can't maintain social distance, concessions will be limited, etc.

However, the SEC has not ruled out large pregame tailgates or team walks where the players are greeted by fans as they enter the stadium, leaving that to the discretion of the individual schools.

The SEC and the Big Ten could not be farther apart on this.

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