Four of Pitt’s 2020 opponents are making plans to allow fans into their stadiums this season, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty up until a few weeks ago as to whether or not the season would even be played.
Miami will permit 13,000 fans to watch games from Hard Rock Stadium this year, according to a report by Andy Slater of Fox Sports Radio in Miami. That figure represents 20% of the stadium’s capacity. Pitt plays at Miami on Oct. 17. According to Slater, the same plan will be implemented for Miami Dolphins games at the shared facility.
SLATER SCOOP: Fans will be allowed at Hard Rock Stadium this season for Dolphins and Hurricanes games, multiple sources tell me.
Capacity will be 13,000 people, which is 20%.
There’s a 46-page plan for social distancing.
— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) August 24, 2020
Florida State, which Pitt visits on Nov. 7, will limit capacity to somewhere between 20 and 25% of Doak Campbell Stadium’s capacity, the team announced earlier this month. That would amount to just under 20,000 fans.
Georgia Tech announced late last week that the Yellow Jackets will limit attendance to 11,000, or 20% of Bobby Dodd Stadium’s capacity and has mandated face coverings for those in attendance. Pitt will play at Georgia Tech Nov. 14.
According to The Clemson Insider, the Tigers are awaiting gubernatorial approval on a plan to permit 23% capacity at Memorial Stadium this season, which amounts to 16,000 fans. Pitt is scheduled to visit Death Valley on Nov. 28.
Boston College, which will host Pitt’s first game away from Heinz Field on Oct. 10, has announced that it will not have fans in attendance for September home games, but has not made an announcement beyond that.
It’s still uncertain as to whether Pitt and the Steelers will be able to host fans at Heinz Field this season. Steelers president Art Rooney II said on Saturday that the team has not given up on trying to have fans in attendance this year.