An average of almost 78,000 fans attended games at Williams-Brice Stadium last season, a number that ranked 15th-best in the nation.
That number, and numbers across all college football, could decrease drastically if and when attendance restrictions are put in place to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
All options are on the table for South Carolina, according to Ray Tanner, from no attendance at Gamecock football games to limited attendance.
“We are studying. We have been. We’re looking at models. We are having conversations with our peers from across the country about those scenarios,” the South Carolina Athletics Director said during a teleconference with reporters late Friday afternoon. “We haven’t been through this before, to know what it would look like. I’m not sure what the priority would be.
“But it’s not a situation that we’re ignoring and saying, ‘We’ll see what happens.’ We’ve got to study it. We’ve got to understand that you could have a game with no fans. We could have a game with social distancing. You know, how many can you get into the stadium? We’ve done some extensive work already on that.
“But I’m not in a position to say what it would be and what that means and who gets priority and who doesn’t. That’s still to be determined. I would hope we’d be in a great spot come September 5th. But if we aren’t, we’ll adjust.”