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TCU Football to open stadium at 25% capacity to begin season

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There will be fans in the stands… just not many.

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In a Zoom town hall Thursday night, TCU Athletic Director Jeremiah Donati revealed two significant items regarding the upcoming football season.

For one, the Frogs are preparing to play their first game on September 12th against a to-be-named opponent. And that they will only be playing in front of a 25% full Amon G Carter Stadium when they do so.

Though Texas governor Greg Abbott has declared that outdoor athletic events are able to open their gates at 50% capacity, Donati said that TCU will limit it to 25% to allow for social distancing. The stadium, which underwent the second remodel of the decade over the last several years, can hold up to 45,000 people normally. “This is a very fluid situation, and the testing protocols and the health and safety protocols are changing pretty rapidly, so I’m very pleased with where we are,” Donati said.

TCU Athletics allowed season ticket holders the option to defer their tickets for the 2020 season, and it is unknown at this time how many people elected to take the option or keep their tickets. It has also not yet been announced how TCU will determine who gets a seat when and where. The new expansion is primarily suites and club seating and how that will work is also to be announced.

TCU Football began preseason workouts last week and the athletes have been on campus since June. The Big 12 conference recently announced that they would play their normal nine game round robin conference format with each team allotted one out of conference matchup, with the stipulation that it would have to be played at the conference team’s home stadium.