Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to colleges: Don't expect football stadiums past 50 percent capacity
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Greg Abbott, governor of Texas, warned the colleges in his state not to expect more than 50 percent stadium capacity at the beginning of the football season in the fall of this year. This emerges from a report by Dan Wolken from USA Today Sports.
Abbott approved an order in late May that would allow sports facilities to operate at a 25 percent capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic this summer. That would allow the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans and Texas Rangers to have fans. At the same time, he was optimistic that college football would take place in autumn as planned and that fans could participate.
A week later, he doubled stadium capacity to 50 percent and included the Dallas Mavericks in the group. Such a rapid rise led to great optimism that capacity limits would move closer to utilization when college football hit the market in August and September. Texas sports director Chris Del Conte has said he plans to have the Royal Memorial Stadium full for the season.
That won't be the case, Abbott told the Football Bowl Subdivision's 12 sports directors during a zoom call on Friday. About USA Today Sports:
But Abbott's message to the athletics directors was clear, according to the person knowing the call: it would either take a vaccine or a drastic drop in cases to increase capacity to over 50 percent, and schools shouldn't deal with either of the two EU count time when the football season starts.
The state of Texas saw an increase in COVID-19 cases, reaching an all-time high for new coronavirus cases in a single day this week. Experts say they see evidence of a second wave in the state.
The city of Houston has become a hot spot, and Harris County judge Lina Hidalgo said the area could be on the “abyss of disaster” this week if the numbers continue to grow. The University of Houston suspended training for athletes on campus on Friday after six tested positive for the corona virus.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott told the colleges that, according to a report, they shouldn't expect the stadiums to have more than half capacity in the fall. (AP Photo / Jeffrey McWhorter)
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