Phillip Fulmer says Tennessee is 'still planning on a full stadium' this fall
As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, it is unclear how many fans (if any at all) will be able to attend college football games this fall (assuming the season is played).
Many states are issuing mandates requiring masks in public spaces, but on Wednesday, Tennessee AD Phillip Fulmer said he still is planning on Neyland Stadium being full.
While appearing on 104.5 The Zone, Fulmer said it’s easier to adjust for less fans being in attendance than to adjust for more than expected (via 247Sports):
“I am confident. I think we’ll play,” Fulmer said. “I don’t think anybody knows exactly yet what that will look like. We’re planning on a full stadium and adjust from there. If we don’t, we’re in trouble … It’s easier to adjust down than adjust up. Hopeful that the trend will turn back down after it’s turned up in our country in places. Bend the curve back down and we can all participate if we want to.”
It’s still only June, so there are a couple of months to figure out final plans for attendance. We’ll see what happens moving forward, but Fulmer’s attitude about starting with full capacity and adjusting expectations down makes sense.