Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear limits Cardinal football games to 12,000 fans Monday, Sep 7 2020 

By John McCarthy–

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced that the University of Louisville home football games cannot exceed 12,000 fans. This announcement by Beshear comes only two weeks after U of L announced its own plan that would limit capacity at Cardinal Stadium to 18,000 fans.

Beshear also made adjustments to the safety precautions Cardinal Stadium planned to implement, including tailgating and parking lot restrictions.

The reduction in fans takes Cardinal Stadium down to 20% capacity. U of L plans to host a total of six games in Cardinal Stadium this football season.

“It’s a 20 percent capacity with everybody spread out and only sitting next to family units. [U of L] worked pretty well with us. They started out in a different place, but at the end of the day, they showed commitment,” Beshear said.

Beshear also announced that tailgating will be banned and masks will need to be worn at all times, even while sitting in the stands. Temperature checks will be conducted at all entrances. If a temperature reads 100.4 or higher, attendees will be directed to a cool-down tent. After ten minutes, attendees in the cool-down tent will have their temperature checked again.

The UPS Flight Deck, Adidas Club and Norton Healthcare Terrace will all be closed to fans.

Fans and season ticket holders await a detailed media tour of Cardinal Stadium this week. The Cardinals will be hosting Western Kentucky University Sept. 12 at 8 p.m.

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Louisville Football plans to have 18,000 fans at home games Tuesday, Sep 1 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville plans to allow 18,000 fans to attend football games this fall at Cardinal Stadium. U of L said Aug. 24 these plans are subject to change as the season carries on.

With 18,000 attendees for home football games, fans will be able to socially distance. Cardinal Stadium staff will be conducting temperature checks at entrances and facial coverings will be required.

Social distancing measures will also be implemented in the parking lots for tailgating. Tailgating will be limited this season, as parking lots will open three hours prior to kickoff.

While excitement builds for the progression of the 2020 football season, U of L is taking financial hits. Reducing the seating capacity of Cardinal Stadium by 42,800 seats will cost U of L approximately $10 million in lost revenue. U of L’s football team is taking a hit as well. Salary reductions have been implemented for the coaching staff, starting with head coach Scott Satterfield.

However, all of these sacrifices will allow the Cardinals to look ahead and focus on the upcoming 2020 football season. U of L will open up their 10-game season against Western Kentucky University Sept. 12 at Cardinal Stadium.

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