Ohio State, Penn State Goals for Full Capability Dwelling Soccer Video games 2021 – NBC Chicago
As coronavirus vaccinations continue to rise and cases continue to decline, several Big Ten schools have announced that they are aiming for 100% capacity in their football stadiums this fall.
Ohio State University is one of those schools that aims to pack the legendary “Horseshoe” full of fans for the start of the 2021 season.
“Our hope is that we will be at full capacity for our soccer games,” said AD Gene Smith of Ohio state in a statement. “We will continue to work with our university partners and with Columbus Public Health on all of our safety protocols, including strong encouragement for those eligible to be vaccinated.”
According to the school, all on-campus events will now be mobile ticketing only, with fans encouraged to use the Ohio State Buckeyes app.
The Buckeyes will open the 2021 season in Minnesota, playing their home game against Oregon on September 11 in a non-conference showdown between two of the nation’s most successful football programs.
The Penn State Nittany Lions are also aiming for full capacity at Beaver Stadium this fall, with more than 107,000 fans crowding the iconic venue.
“We’re excited to see our 107K man back at Beaver Stadium this fall, at full capacity at our other track and field stadiums, with changes to university, local, state and CDC guidelines,” said Sandy Barbour, Vice President, Intercollegiate Athletics, in a statement. “Our fans are a real home advantage for all of our teams and the 2020-21 season was not the same without them in our stadiums.”
Tailgating, team arrival ceremonies, and other activities are also being brought back to Happy Valley for the 2021 season. Penn State will also switch to fully mobile tickets for the upcoming campaign, the school says.
The Nittany Lions will also play their home opener on September 11th, welcoming the Ball State Cardinals to Happy Valley. The following week, Penn State competed against Auburn in a nationally televised game without a conference.
The University of Illinois and Northwestern University haven’t made any announcements about how many fans will be able to play games this fall, but as the state moves into Phase 5 of its coronavirus containment strategy on June 11, schools may be able to do that too welcome full capacity on their home fields.