Due to COVID-19 state guidelines, Virginia football anticipated having around 1,000 fans — max — for home games in the 2020 season. On Friday, the university announced that the only people that will be allowed to attend home games this year will be family members of athletes and the coaching staff.
Virginia has five home games on the schedule for 2020; initially the ‘Hoos were supposed kick things off next Friday (Sept. 11) against VMI. However, with the SoCon postponing fall sports, that game was lost for Virginia.
Virginia announces home football games attendance will be limited to family of student-athletes & each team’s coaching staffs until further notice
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 4, 2020
As of right now, UVA has yet to fill in with an 11th opponent to its schedule. The first home game on the schedule won’t come until Oct. 10, against NC State.
Update, 9/4: Virginia football completed its 2020 schedule with the addition of Abilene Christian. The lone non-conference matchup is scheduled for Nov. 21 at Scott Stadium.
Virginia Finalizes 2020 Football Schedule with 11th game.
🏟️ Scott Stadium#GoHoos | #THEStandard 🔶🔷
— Virginia Football (@UVAFootball) September 4, 2020
Virginia football will start its season Sept. 19 when it travels to Virginia Tech.
Depending on how things develop, this could go down as one of the more (wisely) conservative attendance policies in the ACC. Duke won’t have fans at sports this fall — at least for an indefinite period of time. Syracuse will also be fan-less this season.
Other schools — like NC State, UNC and Wake Forest — will have no fans for at least the month of September.
However, places like Clemson, Notre Dame and Florida State will aim for seating capacity in the 20-23 percent range. Louisville will go for 30 percent capacity.