Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne is voicing concerns about COVID-19 case numbers as the Crimson Tide’s 2021 home opener is just around the corner.

On Tuesday afternoon, Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News tweeted a portion of his recent Q&A with Byrne, who had the following to say about COVID cases:

“After receiving the latest Covid info from our medical team, hospitalizations and vaccine numbers are not where we need them to be. Over 95% of hospitalizations are from unvaccinated people. Please, please get vaccinated. We want to encourage everyone to do what they can to make everyone’s safety the top priority.”

Obviously, the rise in COVID cases and hospitalizations has many fans wondering if attendance will again be limited this fall as it was for the 2020 season. Byrne touched on that topic with Hurt.

“We have not had any serious discussions about reducing capacity and we’d like to keep it that way. I know our team and our fans are looking forward to a full stadium again, so we are asking people to do their part.”

In March, Byrne tweeted that Alabama planned to have full capacity at Bryant-Denny Stadium for the fall. Hopefully, that remains the case when Nick Saban’s squad takes the field against Mercer on Sept. 11.