NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Forget about being at SHI Stadium to cheer on Greg Schiano and the Rutgers football team this season – if there is a season.
The university released a statement today that it will limit outdoor gatherings to 500 or fewer people.
The school cited Gov. Phil Murphy’s orders limiting outdoor gatherings to 500 or less in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason.
Since that 500 number in the stands is expected to be reserved for friends and family members, Scarlet Knights fans will have to be content to watch the action from the safety of their homes.
“We understand and support the governor’s decision based on health and safety guidelines,” according to the statement. “Athletic department officials will continue to monitor any changes to public health guidelines and adjust accordingly. Additionally, the Big Ten Conference announced earlier this month a plan to move fall sports to a conference-only schedule. Details regarding such schedule shall be forthcoming."
Season ticket holders will receive information from the Rutgers Ticket Office regarding the next steps and options for their account, according to a spokesman for Rutgers athletics.
The Big Ten announced last week it was going to an all-conference schedule to limit travel.
The pandemic has forced much of everyday life in New Jersey to grind to a half and Rutgers athletics was no exception. The men’s basketball team was on its way to its first NCAA birth in more than 20 years, the women’s basketball team was experiencing a resurgence and Nick Suriano and Anthony Ashnault were looking for their second consecutive NCAA wrestling championships.
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