No fans at Penn State games will cost the university $100 million

Penn State Nittany Lions. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
Penn State Nittany Lions. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) /

It will be costly not having any fans at Penn State football games in 2020.

The Penn State football team will be playing home games in front of no one this season.

Per Stadium’s Brett McMurphy, “Penn State announces no fans will be allowed at home games this season.” It will be at a great price. McMurphy followed up with, “Penn State says it could lose $100 million this year.”

How are Penn State football fans going to react to not being in attendance?

Nittanyville, the beloved tent city that resides outside of Beaver Stadium, tweeted out a message in response to Penn State football games going without fans in 2020. It’s a tough reality, but Nittanyville totally understands what the United States is up against in the age of the coronavirus. Look for the epic tent city to be rocking outside of Beaver Stadium once again in 2021.

Penn State has one of the best home-field advantages in the Power 5. Beaver Stadium is absolutely massive, as it can hold over 107,000 rabid Nittany Lions fans. When it’s a whiteout and a hated Big Ten rival like the Ohio State Buckeyes or the Michigan State Spartans are in town, you will want no part of it if you play for or root for the visiting team.

It’s a rough day for Penn State as is, as star linebacker Micah Parsons formally announced his intentions to opt-out of his junior season and turn pro. Penn State had a top-10 team heading into the 2020 college football season. While the initial Coaches Poll still reflects that, it’s incredibly difficult for even a blue-blood program like Penn State to overcome losing its best player.

Regardless, Penn State has no choice but to carry on. The Nittany Lions should have one of the better teams in the Big Ten this year. While they might be looking up at Ohio State in the standings, the Nittany Lions have a New Year’s Six bowl feel about them. This team should be good enough to go 8-2 this fall and vie for a high-profile bowl game, even without Parsons.

Penn State fans will have to cheer on the Nittany Lions from a television set or on the road now.

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