Phillip Fulmer addresses possibility of fans attending games at Neyland Stadium this fall
At this point, it appears like we’ll have some sort of a college football season following the outbreak of COVID-19.
Several schools, including Tennessee, have announced that student-athletes are returning to campus on June 8 for voluntary workouts, and that hopefully means college football is just around the corner. With players returning in early June, there’s a chance the season gets started on time, which didn’t seem that possible a couple months ago.
However, one big question ahead of the season would be whether or not fans will attend the games. We won’t know that for sure until closer to September.
Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer was asked about fans potentially attending Neyland Stadium this fall.
“It hasn’t been made, and certainly it’s been more positive recently,” Fulmer said, via 247Sports.com. “For us to have football, we have to have school, and it looks like we’ve made the turn toward having fall, though we don’t really know what that looks like 100 percent yet. I would be telling you a lie if I told you I knew exactly what was going to be happening in the stadium in the fall, but I can tell you, it’s more positive than it was, and whatever we do we’ll be having the safety of our athletes, our coaches and our fans in mind first and foremost.”
Tennessee kicks off the 2020 season against Charlotte in Neyland Stadium on September 5. There are still about 3 more months until the season starts, and whether or not fans will attend (or how many) will be determined by current data on COVID-19.
Tennessee sportsbooks are live in the Volunteer state since November 1, 2020. Tennessee was the first SEC state to legalize sports betting.