As we enter our third month of lockdown, schools across the nation are facing a dilemma of needing to prepare for the possible upcoming college football season, but dealing with the realities of what could be a new normal. One of the current mandates is reduced capacity and social distancing. Iowa State recently issued a statement regarding the 2020 season.
The Cyclones Jack Trice stadium has a current capacity of 61,500 and a 50% capacity would only allow them to draw 30,000 fans to a game. Currently, they are expecting to reach this amount through just season ticket sales. This is likely to leave no single-game tickets available.
Projecting through the Big 12, West Virginia could reach a similar conclusion. After reaching a high of 37,500 season ticket sales in 2012, the Mountaineers experienced a year-by-year decline in sales until things leveled off last year at 25,000. With the possibility of no single game tickets being available, could the Mountaineers see a spike in sales to the 30,000 level?
All of this is conjecture at this point and no one can really draw a conclusion, but it is something we should be aware of. The Mountaineers playing in front of 30,000 fans is better than playing in front of no fans. Ask the Kansas Jayhawks how it feels to play in front of no one. Things could change if the country is able to fully open up but be prepared Mountaineer fans, you might be fighting for a chance to see your team play in 2020.