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FSU football seating capacity could be as low as 25 percent

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Florida State athletics and Seminole Boosters released a letter to fans on Thursday morning outlining some details of the 2020 season, including limited capacity at football games due to social distancing.

The letter — signed by athletics director David Coburn and Seminole Boosters, Inc., CEO and president Andy Miller — outlines limited capacity for football games and that it “could be as low as 25 percent.” Ticket packages will be modified to adjust to donors once the capacity and game dates are set. Original seating locations will likely be moved, the letter states.

“We are planning to make all necessary adjustments to conduct games and other events in 2020 in the safest manner possible for the best interests of student-athletes, staff, and ticket-holders,” the letter states. “All preparations are being made with the latest advice from medical and public health officials and are subject to change.”

One advantage is FSU has moved to mobile ticketing for the 2020 season, which will allow for flexibility on a game-by-game basis.

FSU outlines its home and away schedule, including Florida as a home game. The FSU-Florida matchup would be the Seminoles’ +1 non-conference game, if the SEC makes an allowance for out-of-conference contests.

Coburn and Miller acknowledge they don’t have answers to many questions yet but ask for patience as they work through details. Season ticket holders don’t need to take action at this point.

They also encourage boosters to continue to make a commitment to FSU football for 2020.

“Athletics and Seminole Boosters are facing serious financial challenges,” the letter states. “We hope that you will give the strongest possible consideration to maintaining your commitment as a donor and season ticket holder for 2020, regardless of whether the season proceeds as scheduled or if fewer games are played.  Your financial support is vital to help us get through these difficult times.”

If FSU goes with a 25 percent capacity in 2020 it would be similar to the measure put in place by the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins. Gov. Ron DeSantis and state health officials will have the final determination in stadium capacity for college and pro sports.

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