Tennessee Football is planning on playing in front of a full Neyland Stadium this fall amid coronavirus concerns, according to athletic director Phillip Fulmer.
Tennessee Athletic Director Phillip Fulmer offered words of hope for Tennessee Football faithful. On Thursday, Fulmer joined 104.5 The Zone’s Midday 180 to give his thoughts on if the college football season could happen, and if fans could be in attendance.
This is a question that has been circulating throughout different circles on social media as basketball, hockey, and now baseball are preparing to start or finish its season.
Half of the football season is played in the cold, so it could bring an interesting situation when everything cools off if we see an uptick in coronavirus cases. That’s not going to sway Fulmer of Vol Football away from expecting to play a full season and in front of a full stadium.
"“I am confident. I think we’ll play,” Fulmer said on Thursday. “I don’t think anybody knows exactly yet what that will look like. We’re planning on a full stadium and adjust from there. If we don’t, we’re in trouble …It’s easier to adjust down than adjust up. Hopeful that the trend will turn back down after it’s turned up in our country in places. Bend the curve back down and we can all participate if we want to.”"
That offers some hope for fans who are expecting to attend a game or two in the fall, especially if they want to see Tennessee back in black jerseys. Even though Fulmer offered some hope, he still seems a bit uncertain about the possibility of having fans in Neyland, at least for the entire season.
At this point, all we can hope is for everything to go as planned and not have to worry about a second wave coming in the fall.