There will be fans allowed at Kansas State football games this fall.
The Riley County Commission gave approval for K-State to open Bill Snyder Family Stadium to about 25% capacity, announced by the school on Monday.
"We are appreciative of the consideration the commissioners gave to all facets of our plan and their ultimate endorsement," K-State Athletics Director Gene Taylor said in a statement. "Our plan is very detailed in how we intend to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spread at a football game. We are implementing several new policies and will be strict in our enforcement in our best efforts to accomplish playing football games safely."
Riley County commissioners reviewed K-State’s plans during a work session in its Monday meeting. Along with reduced capacity, face coverings will be required entering the stadium and continuing to wear them inside when 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. No tailgating will be permitted.
Fans will not be permitted to re-enter the stadium to help eliminate unnecessary congestion at gates prior to kickoff and at halftime. Fans will also be encouraged to enter the stadium immediately once they have parked.
With tailgating and re-entry prohibited, for the first time, fans will be allowed to purchase beer and wine in general seating sections of the stadium.
There will also be hand sanitizing stations throughout the stadium with signs encouraging social distancing. Stadium employees will also be wearing protective gear and face coverings.
"These are unprecedented times and we want our fans to feel safe and comfortable when they attend games this season," Taylor said. "While there is no reasonable way to guarantee that no fan could contract the virus, we will take every measure that we can to help. We all know our fans play a tremendous role in making our gameday environment one of the best in the Big 12, but ultimately each fan needs to make their own individual decision to attend games or not."
Taylor added that K-State developed new ticket options that will be unveiled to season ticket holders later this week.
K-State opens its season on Sept. 12 against Arkansas State at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.