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Iowa State became on Tuesday the first Power 5 school to reveal its seating plans for the upcoming college football season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a letter to Cyclone fans, athletic director Jamie Pollard announced that, unless capacity limits are raised, the team doesn't anticipate selling single-game tickets for 2020 home contests in compliance with social-distancing guidelines.
The restrictions would allow only the 30,000 season-ticket holders to attend contests this fall, limiting Jack Trice Stadium to approximately 50% capacity.
"We fully anticipate playing football this fall," Pollard said. "In order to do that, we have to overcome several initial hurdles (i.e., getting the players safely back on campus, officially starting team activities, conducting preseason practice, etc.) before we can truly start to assess this fall's season. As of today, we fully anticipate playing football in Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 5."
The NCAA Division I Council voted last week to approve voluntary athletic activities in football, men's basketball, and women's basketball. The SEC announced Friday it will allow in-person athletic activities on school campuses beginning June 8, while the Big 12 approved a three-phase plan to allow all eligible student-athletes to return to campuses for voluntary workouts as early as June 15.
Iowa State is slated to open its 2020 campaign at home against South Dakota.