IF THEY PLAY WILL FANS COME? Arkansas State will have rules, maybe including masks.

Will college football resume this year? All involved hope so. The money is too important.

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But the incidence of COVID-19 among players returning for workouts is a concern. And the continuing spread of the virus is certain to change how the games are conducted from the fan point of view.

Full stadium capacity is unlikely to be allowed (a problem some places more than others).

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Guidelines issued this week by Arkansas State University and reported by Fox 16 give one indication of the shape of things, at least as of now and all subject to change. A LOT of rules:

Centennial Bank Stadium Season Ticket Holders

  • Fans will be provided (in advance of gameday) suggested entry gates and times based on their ticket sections.
  • There will be hand-sanitizing stations at every section entrance.
  • There will be 6-foot-spaced standing squares for entrance gates, concessions, team shop and ticket office/booths.
  • There will be sanitation of all hand rails and arm rests on seats before the gates open.
  • While a final decision will be made closer to the start of the season, masks may be required to be worn for each home game, including working staff.
  • Other guidelines TBD from Arkansas Department of Health.

Johnny Allison Tower

  • All hand rails, arm rests on club seats, tables, and chair-seating areas shall be sanitized before the doors open.
  • All hand rails shall be sanitized after each quarter.
  • All interior doors will be open.
  • Hand-sanitizing stations will be located in multiple areas.
  • 6-foot-spaced standing squares for entrance lines, bar lines, and food lines shall be created.
  • Provide (in advance of gameday) suggested entry times based on tower sections.
  • Open the stairs for entrance and exit.
  • Trashcan covers will be removed to avoid contact.
  • While a final decision will be made closer to the start of the season, masks may be required to be worn for each home game, including working staff.
  • Other guidelines TBD from Arkansas Department of Health.

Bars and Food Services in the Woodard McAlister Family Club

  • Comply with all applicable public health guidance.
  • Create 6-foot-spaced squares for serving lines around the bar.
  • Add wait staff for fans to be able to stay in seats and be served.
  • All servers are required to wear gloves and mask.
  • Other guidelines TBD from Arkansas Department of Health.

Food Services for Suites

  • Comply with all applicable public health guidance.
  • Food areas will be set up the day of the game to ensure compliance with applicable public health guidance.
  • Other guidelines TBD from Arkansas Department of Health.

North End Zone

  • Comply with all applicable public health guidance.
  • Sanitize all hand rails, table and chair-seating areas before the doors open.
  • Sanitize hand rails after each quarter.
  • Provide hand-sanitizing stations in multiple areas.
  • Create 6-foot-spaced standing squares for entrance lines, bar lines, and food lines.
  • Provide (in advance of gameday) suggested entry times based on loge box numbers.
  • Encourage Northeast access for patrons into the Loge Box area.
  • While a final decision will be made closer to the start of the season, masks may be required to be worn for each home game, including working staff.
  • Other guidelines TBD from Arkansas Department of Health.

Bars and Food Services in North End Zone

  • Comply with all applicable public health guidance.
  • Create 6-foot-spaced squares for serving lines around the bar.
  • Add wait staff for fans to be able to stay in seats and be served.
  • All servers are required to wear gloves and mask.
  • Other guidelines TBD from Arkansas Department of Health.

Tailgate City/ ArTents Promenade

  • Hand Sanitizing stations throughout the areas.
  • Create 6-foot-spaced standing squares outside porta-potties.
  • Other guidelines TBD from Arkansas Department of Health.

Gameday Staff

  • A “Social Distance Concierge” will be assigned to each section in the stadium for fan purposes.
  • Other guidelines TBD from Arkansas Department of Health.

Concessions Services

  • Concessions will comply with all public health guidance.
  • Masks and gloves are required.
  • 6-foot-spaced markers for concession lines.
  • Exploring options for in-seat delivery service.
  • Other guidelines TBD from Arkansas Department of Health.

Fan Engagement Elements

  • Provide all fans with digital version of official game program via weekly e-mail, gameday text, gameday web site and social media.

  • Review options for Fan Fest areas and Red Wolf Walk based on current conditions.

  • Implement cleanliness options and appropriate spacing with the band in their seating areas.

  • Other guidelines TBD from Arkansas Department of Health.

Require red-blooded manly Arkansas Trump voters to wear a mask? There might be civil unrest.

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