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Spring football with a crowd? Fall in empty stadiums? Clemson sends out poll to fans

The State (Columbia, SC) logo The State (Columbia, SC) 7/10/2020 By Matt Connolly, The State (Columbia, S.C.)

The Clemson athletics department sent its football season ticket holders a survey with more than 30 questions about a potential upcoming football season on Thursday.

The State reviewed a copy of the survey, which included a question about a potential worst-case scenario.

“If it came down to a worst-case scenario, and these were the only two options, which would you select?” the survey asks.

Choice 1: Football in the fall with no fans in attendance.

Choice 2: Football in the spring with fans in attendance.

Other questions in the survey included:

Asking fans to rate their comfort level attending games in September, October and November.

Asking fans if they expect Clemson to: provide increased hand sanitizer stations, require all fans to wear face coverings, facilitate physical distancing, make physical distancing optional, require all staff to wear face coverings and gloves.

Asking fans if they would feel comfortable to: meet with others before the game, carry on game-day traditions, tailgate before games, visit the Tiger Tailgate Show area, participate in Gathering at the Paw at the end of the game, ride on a bus from New Spring/Seneca Creek Meadows to Transit Hub.

Asking fans if they would be willing to: change tailgate plans, do without tailgating, modify traditions to accommodate physical distancing, select and request seats to accommodate physical distancing, sit next to someone you do not know, transfer or sell tickets to others who can attend if you don’t.

There were also questions about concession stands, if fans would plan on tailgating without tickets and more.

Clemson Associate AD for Communications and Strategic Initiatives Jeff Kallin released the following statement to The State about the survey:

“It’s important to us to listen to our IPTAY donors and season ticket holders and analyze how they can inform the decisions within our control. We’ve been planning this survey for some time, and wanted to make sure our data best captures the current climate. We continue to evaluate a number of options related to capacity, parking, ticketing and IPTAY.”

The survey to Clemson fans came the same day that the Big 10 announced it will only play conference games in 2020.

There is speculation that other Power 5 conferences could follow suit in the coming days and weeks. However, the Big 10 is the only Power 5 league to commit to conference-only games at this point.

The ACC announced Thursday that fall Olympics sports are delaying competition until at least Sept. 1.

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