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BYU Asks Football Season Ticket Holders About Potential Safety Factors Amid COVID-19

Ravell Call, Deseret News

PROVO, Utah – Despite only one month remaining till the start of college football training camps, how the 2020 season will look this fall amid COVID-19 is anyone’s guess.

How many fans will be allowed in attendance? That’s another question no one seems to have the answers to at the moment.

Last month, BYU Tickets sent a survey to football season ticket holders asking for feedback on a potentially reduced seating capacity at LES. On Wednesday, another survey was sent gauging the importance of certain safety factors at football games during these unprecedented times.

Below is the survey that was given to BYU Football season ticket holders.

BYU Football Safety Factors Survey 

“While many things are still uncertain regarding COVID-19 and the effect it might have on home game attendance, ultimately the safety of our fans, players and coaches will be paramount as we go through the process of making critical decisions.

“In that regard, it would be helpful if you would answer a few questions to help us understand how potential safety factors would impact you as you consider attending a game in Edwards Stadium.”

Which statement below most accurately describes your attitude towards attending events?

  • I will attend
  • I will NOT attend until a vaccine for COVID-19 is developed
  • I don’t know

Which of the following are you willing to do to attend an event? (select all that apply)

  • Wear a face covering during the event
  • Have your temperature taken before entry is allowed
  • Use a specific gate or entry to access your seating
  • Leave all bags at home (Medically necessary bags, including diaper bags, would still be allowed)
  • Preorder concessions on your phone
  • Use mobile deliver tickets on your phone

How comfortable are you in a situation that does NOT require social distancing in the seating area?

  • Extremely comfortable
  • Somewhat comfortable
  • Neither comfortable nor uncomfortable
  • Somewhat uncomfortable
  • Extremely uncomfortable

If social distancing in the seating area is required, are you willing to sit in your assigned seat, even if better seats are empty?

  • Yes
  • No

How important is it to you that the number of people allowed in a restroom at one time is controlled?

  • Extremely important
  • Very important
  • Moderately important
  • Slightly important
  • Not at all important

Please rank the following in order of importance

  • Disposable toilet seat covers
  • Certification of cleaning procedures by an independent organization
  • Restroom (enter/exit) doors propped open to avoid touching handles
  • Touchless paper towel dispensers
  • One-way traffic in restrooms
  • Disinfectant wipes available at every portal
  • Hand sanitizer stations throughout the venue
  • Other (Open box for feedback)

Would you be comfortable purchasing food at the venue?

  • Yes
  • No

How important is cashless payment to you?

  • Extremely important
  • Very important
  • Moderately important
  • Slightly important
  • Not at all important

BYU students arranging a Focus Group

One of the elements that make college football games so unique is attendance from students. Like everything else amid this pandemic, it’s unclear how many students will be allowed to attend games. But BYU students are working to be proactive.

“The ROC” (Roar of the Cougars) is BYU’s student section and coming up on Monday, July 6th they will be discussing seating options for their group during the football season.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12-3 pm) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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