MSU's Bill Beekman Expects Fans In Spartan Stadium This Fall


Spartan Stadium won't be full this season for Michigan State football games -- but it might not be empty. 

With college sports preparing to ramp back up in the wake of the coronavirus, Michigan State athletic director Bill Beekman said Thursday he expects fans to be in attendance at Spartan Stadium if games are played. 

Beekman said the capacity could be somewhere from 20 to 30 percent in the 75,000-seat stadium. 

As for which fans will be granted access, Beekman said students will be prioritized and the university will "work to accommodate season-ticket holders and major donors," according to MLive
Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer previously said that the state's stadiums would remain closed this fall. But Whitmer lifted the state's stay-at-home order on Tuesday, signaling a return to normalcy. 

Michigan State student-athletes are permitted to return to campus June 15 for voluntary workouts, starting with the football team, men's and women's basketball teams and volleyball team. 

The football team is scheduled to start the season Sept. 5 at home against Northwestern.