Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Confident Ohio Football Stadiums Will Be at Full Capacity This Fall

By Kevin Harrish on May 7, 2021 at 12:15 pm
Fans in the stands.

Mike DeWine expects the 'Shoe to be at full capacity in the fall.

After a season with no public crowds in Ohio Stadium, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is confident that stadiums across the state will be full come fall.

In a statement to the Toledo Blade, the governor's office expressed optimism that Ohio will reach a rate at which COVID-19 mitigation protocols will be below the established benchmark long before the start of football season.

"Ohio has set a benchmark that we will remove COVID mitigation protocols when we drop below high case levels," DeWine's office said in the statement. "This will happen when our two-week rate drops below 50 cases per 100,000 residents. We believe this is likely to happen well before the start of football season, and the CDC echoed that optimism in statements this week."

This optimism is undoubtedly promising for the Buckeyes as they host Oregon in their first home game of the season on Sept. 11 – nearly two months after the July 4 date DeWine mentioned.

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