Saturday, June 20, 2020

Will There Be A Football Season?

There are many hurdles to get over in order to have a season, it's not just the players.

Officials - Many are over 50 and may not accept the risk if strict standards are not put in place to minimize their exposure.

Transportation - Getting the teams moved is a huge undertaking, buses can be quarantined with the team to limit exposure, drivers will have to be tested weekly along with the team, it's going to take more equipment than in years past to move a team.

Hotels - Teams may have to lease an entire hotel to make sure it is cleaned properly, all staff is tested and that no other members of the public are allowed to enter the property.

Meals - Will likely be catered to the hotels but again the question of exposure will dictate that all staff be tested weekly that prepare, transport and serve the food.

Security - Additional security will be needed to assure that the locations used will be secure, security staff will need to be tested weekly along with potential replacements.

Media - Doubtful that there will be any live media contact this year, players and coaches will be interviewed by virtual.

If athletes are required by NCAA to attend classes and not use virtual then all bets are off and there will be no need to test anyone which will result in many becoming infected during the season.

Will there be family contact allowed during the season?

Will the band be allowed on the field before or during halftime or will they even be at the game?

All of this has to be resolved before discussions about fans in the stands even takes place.

Friday, June 12, 2020

UGA Athletics Releases Outline For Attendance

The University of Georgia has released an outline for game attendance options for this season. They include three scenarios that will be used to determine how many fans will be allowed to attend the home games in Sanford Stadium.

• Option I: In this scenario, patrons will not be allowed to be in attendance at any of our athletic events. Events would take place with only essential staffing (game officials, management, etc.).

• Option II: In this scenario, there will be limited attendance with mandatory social distancing. Our policies would align with state guidelines for live performance venues. We have designated seating throughout all our athletic facilities to mandate where patrons can sit while still maintaining their 6’ distance. We will install decals on flooring to ensure 6’ spacing in all lines (ingress, concessions, restrooms, etc.). We will also attempt to eliminate potential congregation elements such as misting tents and water refill stations. We will move to cashless operations in all areas while additionally removing touchpoints where possible (parking, ticketing, concessions, etc.). Our concession workers will be mandated to wear gloves and masks.

• Option III: In this scenario, social distancing practices are relaxed and there are no restrictions on attendance. This eliminates the need for reduced seating configurations and maintaining social distancing in all lines. Our focus will shift to other best practices for mitigation. We will eliminate potential congregation elements. We will still move to cashless operations and reducing touchpoints where possible.

The Athletic Department will continually meet to review and discuss public health guidance and risk mitigation measures necessary for hosting large scale athletics competition events, targeting a date of July 17 for a decision about resumption of competition.