Thanks to Iowa State, we have yet another tangible sign that there will quite possibly be a 2020 college football season. Maybe. Possibly.
In a message to fans of the Cyclones, Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard stated that he and the university “fully anticipate playing football this fall.” In fact, “[a]s of today, we fully anticipate playing football in Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 5.,” Pollard wrote.
That was in response to the question of whether football will be played this fall. When it comes to fans in the stands? Pollard revealed that Iowa State home football games would be played at about of the capacity at Jack Trice Stadium. The home of the Cyclones officially holds 61,500. Per Pollard, the university is “planning as though the capacity of our stadium would be limited to 30,000 spectators.”
And, just how will the university determine who gets in? And who gets shut out? From the letter:
As of today, approximately 22,000 season tickets have been renewed for this fall. That leaves us approximately 8,000 seats to be filled. Because we need to make plans to accommodate those fans who will be allowed into the stadium (based on state and local guidelines), we have decided to implement the following:
Any fan who does not renew their season tickets and make their Cyclone Club donation by June 12, 2020, will not be provided the opportunity to attend any games this fall unless it is later decided that we can safely exceed the 50% capacity restriction.
The only fans who will have the opportunity to be in the stadium this fall are those who renew their season tickets and their required Cyclone Club donation (if applicable) by June 12, 2020. If you have not done so already, please contact our staff ASAP to complete those processes. +Renew Now
Because we expect to reach the 50% capacity limitation through season ticket sales, we do not anticipate selling single-game tickets unless the capacity limits are raised.
Any season ticket holder who does not renew their season tickets for 2020 will continue to have first rights on their same seats for 2021. We believe it is very important to honor prior loyalty, as there may be some fans who are not comfortable attending games this fall or are experiencing financial challenges.
Any season ticket holder who renews their season tickets but later decides they are not comfortable attending games this fall because of COVID-19 may request a refund of their season ticket purchase or defer the purchase of their season ticket to the 2021 season.
The university’s game-day mitigation strategies and measures that will be implemented will be unveiled at a later date. Iowa State had previously confirmed that its coaches, including head football coach Matt Campbell, will take a one-year reduction in pay and eliminate all bonuses.
Iowa State is scheduled to open the 2020 college football season at home against FCS South Dakota Sept. 5.