For months, those who stage and consume college football have wondered what a 2020 game-day experience might look. At the University of Texas, at least, it will feature face masks on every fan and no marching band at halftime.
As reported by Longhorns Wire, fans are urged to practice social distancing at all times while wearing face coverings. Fans must enter Darrell K Royal Stadium - Texas Memorial Stadium at the assigned gate listed on their ticket. Social distancing markers will be placed at each gate entry and mobile-only ticketing will be used to provide contactless entry.
Hand sanitizer kiosks will be installed throughout the venue, while stadium staff will regularly clean all high-touched surfaces with antibacterial spray. Concessions will still be available, but the menu offerings will be limited and condiments stands will be eliminated.
All transactions for concessions and merchandise are expected to be cashless and contactless. If you plan to attend a Texas football game this season, you will be required to wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth completely at all times.
According to CBS Austin, Texas will not be selling group or single-game tickets. attendants will be stationed in all suites and restroom, and there will be no staging halftime shows.
“Our priority is to create the safest game-day environment for our student-athletes, coaches, game officials, fans, staff, and visiting teams,” UT vice president and director of athletics Chris Del Conte said. “Our facilities, events, ticketing, marketing, communications and Longhorn Foundation staffs have been working on various scenarios and possibilities throughout the past four months to accomplish our priorities within State of Texas guidelines and in conjunction with medical officials. It is more important now than ever that we remain united as one with our horns held high. Whether you are attending with us in-person on game day, or engaging with us from afar, your support is the lifeblood of our program. Game days at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium are one of the most revered traditions in college sports, and we can’t wait to see the Burnt Orange and White faithful cheering on our teams this fall.”
According to complete guidelines posted on the athletic department's website, tailgating will be curtailed but not eliminated. All guests partaking in tailgating activities must adhere to local and state COVID-19 safety requirements in place at the time of the tailgate, including but not limited to face coverings, social distancing and number of attendees. Tents may not exceed 10’x10’ and must be a minimum of 40 feet from the next tailgate setup. No tents or tailgate set ups are allowed prior to 7 a.m. on gameday. No overnight tailgating or camping is permitted.