Ohio State football

The Buckeyes enter the field before the Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes football game at Ohio Stadium on Nov. 7, 2015.

If Ohio State football plays games this fall, the university will require that no more than 20% of the stadium is filled, mandate face masks and will prohibit tailgating due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The update was announced July 28 by The Ohio State University department of athletics to offer season ticket holders a chance to rethink their options before the first kickoff, the department said on its website.

“While no final decision has been made regarding the 2020 football season, the department of athletics has been working diligently with university leaders, public health experts and government officials to create game day plans that protect the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes, staff, faculty and fans,” the department said in a message to ticket holders, according to the website.

Limited concessions would be available, and no skull session would be held at St. John Arena. And, as the Ohio Stadium crowd size will “likely amount to no more than 20% of overall stadium capacity,” there will be alterations to ticket quantities and seat locations.

The Big Ten Conference has already announced only conference games will be played this fall.

For fans who have paid for season tickets, the department of athletics will offer to accommodate as many season ticket holders as possible, which will require limiting the quantity of season tickets for each ticket holder, the website said. Details on ticket allocation and seat selection will be announced at a later date.

“We understand not all fans will feel comfortable attending games for health and safety reasons, or may not be interested in attending due to reduced capacity guidelines,” the message stated. “Therefore, we are allowing all season ticket holders to opt out of their 2020 football season tickets commitment without longevity or eligibility penalty, if they wish.”

For more information on season tickets, visit ohiostatebuckeyes.com.

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