Are you ready for some football? Texas Governor Greg Abbott is, and he said Friday the state is working hard to ensure the college football season starts on time with some number of fans being allowed to attend games in person.
In a TV interview, Abbott noted there are still several things the state is working through with colleges, including stadium capacity, the availability of medical staff to ensure player safety while also maintaining community health, and more. The governor hopes to have a plan in place by mid-July or early August.
“My prediction is yes, we’re going to have college football beginning as scheduled on schedule with at least some level of fans in the stands,” Abbott told KXAN-TV Austin.
The goal of fans attending games this season may catch many by surprise, but the governor believes it’s not out of the realm of possibility.
“What we don’t know is what the capacity level would be. “Would it be strategic and limited to ensure we have safe distancing practices? There are factors we simply do not know at this time — What’s going to be the status of COVID-19 in the state of Texas, what is going to be the status of any type of medical treatments such as medicines that can be taken for people who test positive for COVID-19,” Abbott said.
Abbott already gave the clearance for some professional sporting events to resume in Texas starting May 31, but with no fans in attendance. The governor believes these sporting events will give the state and medical experts “a pathway” to prepare for the return of college football in August and September.
Do you think college football should return this fall? Should fans be allowed to attend?