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No fans at fall events for Penn State

A day after the Penn State released its conference-only schedule in coordination with the Big Ten’s release, Penn State vice president for intercollegiate athletics Sandy Barbour sent out a letter Thursday stating that there will be no fans in attendance for any fall sports at Penn State, including football and Beaver Stadium.

The announcement is based off safety and health decisions after Barbour said Penn State was in communication with Gov. Tom Wolf’s office.

“As of today, the current large group gatherings guidance from the Governor’s office limits capacity to 250 people for outside events and 25 people for inside events. Therefore, under the current conditions and current state orders, our fall sports events would be conducted without fans in the general seating areas of our facilities,” Barbour said in a statement. “We continue to work with the Governor’s office to discuss, and possibly be prepared for the opportunity to have spectators at our fall Penn State sporting events.”

The announcement did say that despite the current state orders, “we continue to refine our plans to welcome Nittany Lion fans, should the conditions and orders be revised to accommodate spectators at events.”

Barbour said that Penn State ticket holders have three options for their 2020 football ticket payment. Ticket holders can either convert their purchase into a tax-deductible donation, have them rollover to 2021 football season tickets or request a full refund.

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