Clemson football to allow 19,000 fans in stadium

Clemson football to allow 19,000 fans in stadium

Clemson football will play its home games this fall with about one-quarter of the usual number of fans amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The university announced it will limit attendance at 81,500-seat Memorial Stadium, known as "Death Valley," to about 19,000 fans. They will be scattered in small clusters of two or four people, and all fans must wear masks.

"Clemson sought input from external medical, public health and facility planning experts during the process, as well as the University Strategic Operations Group," athletic director Dan Radakovich said in a news release. "With the information available today, we are confident in our ability to safely allow fans at games, which is incredibly important to our student-athletes, coaches, fans and local community. We'll continue to monitor guidance and make adjustments if necessary."

The announcement was welcomed by players.

"We thought it was just going to be us out there. To be able to have just that amount of people is a huge blessing," defensive back Andrew Booth said. An empty stadium "would feel like we were out there doing scrimmages. This is going to be beautiful."

Clemson, the No. 1 team in the nation in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, is scheduled to open its home season on Sept. 19 against The Citadel.

--Field Level Media

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