Duke University announced on Monday that — due to COVID-19 — the 2020 fall sports season will start with no fan in attendance for home events. This includes Duke football.
On-campus games will include only essential game management personnel and broadcast media. Parking lots used traditionally by fans on game day will also be closed. (This seems like an effort to prevent potential tailgating activities, too.)
UPDATE | Due to the impact of COVID-19, Duke University will begin its fall sport program seasons without spectators at home events.
— Duke Athletics (@DukeATHLETICS) August 24, 2020
According to Duke, fans that purchased season tickets — or single-game tickets — for the 2020 fall football season will receive an email regarding options.
As an alternative plan of sorts, though, Duke football fans will also have the option to purchase a “fan cutout” of an individual(s) or pet(s). While the NBA has gone with virtual fans inside its bubble in Orlando, MLB teams are using a similar cutout concept.
Duke football is set to open its 2020 season on the road at Notre Dame on Sept. 12. After that, Duke will return to Durham for a two straight home games: Boston College (Sept. 19) and Virginia Tech (Oct. 3).