No fans in attendance for Syracuse Football this fall

During a conference call with reporters, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that colleges in New York that attempt to have a fall sports season (amidst COVID-19) must do so without fans in attendance. This means no fans in the stands for Syracuse home games in 2020.

Tailgating is also banned.

A couple weeks back, in early July, New York created similar guidelines for professional events in the state, too; spectators aren’t allowed to enter any professional sports venue — indoors or outdoors. For the time being, fan attendance is off limits at Buffalo Bills games; the same rule applies to the state’s MLB teams, the Yankees and Mets.

So much with college sports — football, in particular — is up in the air right now. That same vague confusion can be said about most things these days: various industries, the job market, the economy, whatever.

Syracuse was planning to unveil a renovated Carrier Dome ($118 million in costs) this fall to thousands of in-person fans. That must wait now, too.

On Tuesday this week, UNC’s Mack Brown said he expects there to be a 2020 college football season this fall. The 2020 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games, which feature three ACC teams, are still on as scheduled for early September — for now. There’s still a lot up in the air, including plans to allow fans in but at various seating capacity levels: 25 percent, 30 percent or 50 percent.


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