Monday, it was announced that K-State Athletics had received approval from Riley County to allow 25% capacity at Bill Snyder Family Stadium for the upcoming 2020 football season.
Yesterday, ticket options were announced, and while students will be allowed at all five K-State home football games, regular season ticket holders are being allowed to pick from two “mini-plan” options. Either fans will get to see Arkansas State (Sept. 12), Texas Tech (Oct. 3), Oklahoma State (Nov. 7) as part of the “Three-Game Mini-Plan”, or they will get to see Kansas (Oct. 24) and Texas (Dec. 5) as part of the “Two-Game Mini-Plan”. Tickets will be distributed based upon Ahearn Fund priority points, and those receiving tickets will also have the option of purchasing a parking pass for the Athletics lots near the football stadium (but no tailgating).
But, of course, all of this could be moot. Why you ask? The Riley County Health Department announced yesterday that a COIVD-19 outbreak has occurred at the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house, with 13 members of the fraternity testing positive (for their part, the frat reports they are “fully cooperating” with authorities). Similar outbreaks at North Carolina, Notre Dame, and Michigan State have already sent those schools back to fully-online instruction, and many in the college sports world are waiting to see how those moves (especially UNC and ND) will affect the ACC, and other conferences, and their plan to play fall sports.
The announcement of the outbreak yesterday coincides with a joint statement from President Richard Myers, Provost Chuck Tabor, and VP for Student Life Thomas Lane, urging K-Stater’s to take personal responsibility to help prevent the spread and keep everyone safe.
There’s still a mess at Texas Tech, and now AD Kirby Hocutt (a former K-State football player) is under review regarding the handling of now-fired women’s basketball coach Marlene Stollings.