Texas fans cheer as their team competes against Kansas State in the first half of an NCAA college football game at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Nov., 9, 2019. [Stephen Spillman for Statesman]

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Austin health official: Even 25% stadium capacity a challenge for Texas football this fall

School officials have said they will adhere to state guidelines, not city mandates

Posted July 30th, 2020


Austin Public Health director Dr. Mark Escott continues to believe that having fans at Texas football games this fall would be problematic as far as COVID-19 is concerned.

School officials have said previously they are not bound to any city mandates and will adhere to all state-issued guidelines.

“The challenge with UT Football at 25% capacity…if the prevalence of disease on game day is similar to today, with 25,000 fans we can expect more than 100 of those fans to be COVID-19 positive…and then it multiplies,” Escott tweeted Thursday. “Let’s stick to watching football on TV this Fall!”


Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte had already informed fans the school was planning on 50% stadium capacity at Royal-Memorial Stadium this fall. That’s in line with Gov. Greg Abbott’s mandate for 50% capacity for all statewide pro and college stadiums.

On Thursday, interim UT President Jay Hartzell notified campus that the school is now looking at 25% capacity after a request from the UT System Board of Regents. It’s also anticipated that UT fans in attendance will be required to wear a face covering, although the school has yet to announce any formal fan guidelines.

“As we approach the start of the football season, we will closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 and make final decisions based on the guidance of our Board of Regents and state health officials in the coming weeks,” Hartzell wrote in a campus-wide email.

The Big 12 is expected to make a decision on the upcoming football season as early as next week.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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