The Alabama Crimson Tide set the standard of how to properly distance fans at games this season.
Even though the presence of the coronavirus pandemic still looms large over the United States, the ACC and Big 12 began their regular season on Saturday. But, that doesn’t mean everything is normal. Some of those college football programs hosted a limited amount of fans, while others opted against it after heeding advice from their local government and public health officials. For the schools that hosted fans, it looked as though some weren’t properly distanced from each other, due to bleacher seating. Leave it to Alabama to set an example on how to socially-distance inside football stadiums.
With their home opener taking place on Oct. 3 against Texas A&M, Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne announced on Twitter that they are installing chair backs on bleacher seats at Bryant-Denny Stadium to ensure fans have the recommended six-feet of distance between each other. Byrne took a photo of the set up as well, which can be viewed below.
Alabama football fans will enjoy the backrests at games this fall
Last month, Alabama announced that they will let fans inside Bryant-Denny Stadium, but at a 20-percent maximum capacity, which equates to 20,364 individuals. The university complied with the Center for Disease Control and public health officials upon making this decision. The 20-percent capacity will be in effect throughout the entirety of the 2020 season.
Additionally, fans and staff members will have to undergo a health evaluation to obtain a “passport” that will be required to enter the stadium to ensure they don’t have any COVID-19 symptoms. Fans and staff are required to wear face masks while entering Bryant-Denny Stadium and concession stands will be open, but with a plexiglass barrier will stand between them and the cashier. Tickets will be mobile-only and tailgating in the parking lot is prohibited.
Last week, the university revealed that 846 students tested positive for COVID-19 during their testing period between Aug. 28 and Sept. 3.
Prior to their home opener, the Crimson Tide officially open up their season on Sept. 26 on the road against the Missouri Tigers.