CU Buffs providing options for season ticket holders – The Denver Post
The University of Colorado is planning to welcome fans to football games this season – as long as it’s safe to do so.
On Wednesday, CU sent an email to season ticket holders to update them on the plan for this season, which has been revised to a 10-game schedule beginning Sept. 26.
CU’s plan includes the option for season ticket holders to opt-out for the 2020 season.
The Buffs’ schedule includes five games at Folsom Field, with the home opener slated for Oct. 3 against Utah. The Buffs also have home dates with Arizona State (Oct. 31), UCLA (Nov. 14), Oregon State (Nov. 28) and Washington State (Dec. 5).
In the email to season ticket holders, CU wrote, “We are pleased to share that we are actively planning to welcome fans to games at Folsom Field this season should local public health conditions allow.
“CU Athletics continues to stay in close contact with campus, state and local health officials for guidance on capacity for the upcoming 2020 football season.”
CU said there will be reduced capacity and physical distancing implemented. Athletic director Rick George said during a webinar on Tuesday that no determination has been made on how many, if any, fans will be allowed to attend games.
“We’d love to have them in there,” George said. “But, we’re going to make sure that our local and our state health authorities are going to help guide our decision making as we move forward and we’ll be on board with what our county and our state says.”
For now, CU is giving season ticket holders a deadline of 4 p.m. MDT on Aug. 14 to choose one of four options:
1. Opt-in for the 2020 season
2. Opt-out of the 2020 season and convert payments to the Buff Club’s Student-Athlete Excellence Fund (tax-deductible)
3. Opt-out of the 2020 season and rollover to the 2021 season
4. Opt-out of the 2020 season and receive a full refund
CU told season ticket holders that their decision “will not affect your ability to maintain your seat location for the 2021 season and your season ticket tenure and Buff Club Priority Points will remain intact.”
In response to a fan on Twitter, CU’s ticket office said if season ticket holders opt-in and it is later determined that fans are not allowed to attend, or the season is cancelled, CU will honor the opt-out options.
During Tuesday’s webinar, George added that CU has worked with Populous, the firm which designed the Champions Center and Folsom Field upgrade several years ago, to formulate a social distancing plan for fan attendance.
“I’m not going to say how many people we would allow into the stadium at this point because we’re still focused on that, but we’ve got a really good plan in place,” George said.
In the email, CU told season ticket holders it will inform them of a capacity plan “in the coming days.”
George also said CU is working with KPMG, which is developing an app that would allow fans to conduct ticket and concessions transactions on their phones.
“It’s going to be something that we think will be really good for us long term but in the short term, it’s going to be great,” he said.
If fans are allowed to attend games at Folsom Field, they will be expected to wear masks for the duration of the game.
CU’s email to season ticket holders also said that game day traditions, such as tailgating, the Buff Walk, Ralphie’s Corral and Franklin Field “will be significantly limited and potentially removed altogether as a result of physical distancing guidelines.”
George said Tuesday that another CU tradition, Ralphie leading the team onto the field, is unlikely to occur this season.
With the home opener nearly two months away and the COVID-19 landscape changing frequently, CU’s plan could change.
“As new information becomes available, our plans will be adjusted as necessary,” CU wrote in its email.
CU has not indicated if student tickets or single-game tickets will be sold.
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