Penn State AD: No Fans in Stands for Fall Sports

By: Thomas Frank Carr

Beat Writer, ESPN Radio 103.7 and 1450

 

Penn State Athletic Director Sandy Barbour wrote an open letter to fans Thursday morning that was posted on the University Athletic’s Website gopsusports.com. In it, Barbour announced that Penn State will not be hosting fans for any fall games in 2020. Here is an excerpt from her letter explaining,

“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. 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 went on to stress that the decision is based on the guidelines sent down from the governor’s office and can change over time and that they are working with officials to see if they can make that happen. The impact will be felt by the univeristy in a staggering way according to Barbour,

“Regardless of whether we play or don’t play, our revenue losses will be in the high eight figures, reaching nine figures in the case of no competition. We cannot let this pandemic stall or wipe out all of the incredible work and progress that, with your help, our students and our programs have been able to achieve in the classroom, in our community and, of course, in our competitive venues.”

The news that no fans will be allowed to attend games comes as a blow to the local economy, which has experienced it’s own stresses with no spring sports, summer activities and now faces a fall with no fans visiting State College on game days.

Season ticket holders will be given several different options for their 2020 tickets.

  1. Convert Your 2020 Football Season Ticket Purchase into a Tax-Deductible Donation
    • Season ticket holders can opt to turn their entire 2020 football season ticket (ticket and seat contribution) and parking cost into a tax-deductible donation to the Levi Lamb Fund.
    • Season ticket holders who are paid in full will be guaranteed a price freeze for their 2021 football season ticket(s). A seat contribution will still be required in 2021, but will also be frozen at the 2020 contribution levels.
    • Additional benefits for choosing this option include:
      • In the event the Governor’s orders regarding large group gatherings changes, you will get priority access to seats based on NLC Priority Points.
      • 100 NLC Priority Points (equivalent to a $5,000 donation).
      • Extended payment plan for 2021 football season tickets.
      • Exclusive Enter to Win opportunities throughout the year.
  2. Rollover to 2021 Football Season Tickets
    • Season ticket holders can opt to roll over their 2020 football season ticket (ticket price only) and parking payment to their 2021 football season tickets and parking.
    • The 2020 football seat contributions will be converted to a tax-deductible donation to the Levi Lamb Fund.
    • Season ticket holders who are paid in full will be guaranteed a price freeze for their 2021 football season ticket(s). A seat contribution will still be required in 2021, but will also be frozen at the 2020 contribution levels.
    • Additional benefits to choosing this option include:
      • In the event the Governor’s orders regarding large group gatherings changes, you will get priority access to seats based on NLC Priority Points.
      • 50 NLC Priority Points (equivalent to a $2,500 donation).
      • Extended payment plan for 2021 football season tickets.
      • Exclusive Enter to Win opportunities throughout the year.
  3. Request a Full Refund
    • Season ticket holders can opt to request a full refund of their 2020 football season ticket (ticket price only) and parking payment.
    • The 2020 football seat contributions will be converted to a tax-deductible donation to the Nittany Lion Club’s Levi Lamb Fund.
    • Season ticket holders who request a refund will retain their season ticket holder status in the renewal process for 2021, but will not be guaranteed their 2020 seat locations and parking for the 2021 football season.

To read the full release visit:

https://gopsusports.com/news/2020/8/6/general-a-letter-from-sandy-barbour.aspx