As the country continues to deal with the coronavirus, some states have slowly started to roll-out procedures to open back up.
While we are still far away from business as usual, on Thursday, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced a multi-level plan to re-open the state.
Brown's plan contains three phases, with the last one catching the eye of sports fans. It is in Phase III that Brown says the state can allow sporting events and concerts to start up again. However, Brown hinted in official documents that that phase won't happen anytime soon. In fact, Brown has called for the canceling of all sporting events and large gatherings through September.
Concerts, conventions, festivals, live audience sports won’t be possible until a reliable treatment or prevention is available. It is unknown at this time when this will be. Therefore, all large gatherings should be cancelled or significantly modified through at least September. Further guidance on large gatherings scheduled for later in the fall will be provided this summer. - Oregon Governor Kate Brown
The Oregon Ducks start the 2020 season on September 5th with a home game against North Dakota State, but it's the following week's game that has the attention of Ducks fans.
BREAKING: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced that "Sporting events with audiences" be canceled or heavily modified through September. That means no sellout crowd for Oregon vs Ohio State on Sept. 12th.https://t.co/vjDDuNtOMd. pic.twitter.com/BY5YGledGy— Matt Prehm (@MattPrehm) May 7, 2020
On September 12th the team is scheduled to host the Ohio State Buckeyes. The game is one of the most anticipated non-conference games in the country this season and is arguably one of the best non-conference games in Autzen history.
However, under Governor Brown's new regulations, it's likely one of the most important home games in Oregon history will have to be played with no fans inside the stadium.
Some people on social media weren't too happy with the idea, some even suggesting that Oregon look into alternative sites.
Decisions about crowds in September are being made on May 7?— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) May 7, 2020
That's insanity. https://t.co/lxWP8fHAFt
If I’m Oregon, I call the Governors bluff & work on moving that game to Las Vegas. If people can go, there’s plenty of time to make plans. Then, she has to explain to Eugene why they lost out on so much revenue.— Dan Mathews (@DanMathewsATL) May 7, 2020
Twitter users have spoken. They want to see CFB in person pic.twitter.com/x3cEKrCdir— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) May 7, 2020
Even prior to Brown's announcement, season ticket holders say that the university had been in contact saying that if the season is moved to spring that season tickets would still be good. The school added they are currently working on multiple plans for the upcoming season.
It would be a big economic blow to the university should they play without fans, but options are limited as we all continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Empty stadiums may not be ideal, but just being able to turn on the TV and see live sports again, fans in the stand or not, would be a welcomed breath of fresh air.