Auburn, AL (EETV)- Auburn announced a revised plan for the home opener against Kentucky including updates to stadium capacity and ticketing priority changes.
Instead of the usual 87,451 fans filling Jordan-Hare Stadium, capacity will be reduced to 20% this year.
For the home opener against the Wildcats on Sept. 26, all general seating tickets will be reserved for Auburn students in an effort preserve the on-campus experience so many students look forward to. Controlled premium seats as well as those for home and away team visitors will still be honored.
"We look forward to having Auburn students in attendance at our season opener and appreciate everyone's flexibility and understanding as we adjust to this temporary reality of reduced capacity at Jordan-Hare Stadium," Director of Athletics Allen Greene said.
"All attendees will share a responsibility for health and safety. A zealous commitment to face coverings, physical distancing and personal hygiene will lead to the best outcome."
Season ticket holders have the option to opt out of their packages this year. Opting out would mean a choice between a philanthropic donation, credit toward the 2021 season or a full refund.
Since revenue from Auburn football supports all 21 athletic teams, Greene is asking season ticket holders to consider donating to the 'Believe in Auburn' campaign supporting student-athletes.
Tickets for non-students may be available later in the season depending on how the pandemic progresses.
The announcement comes a day after the release of the SEC's new fan guidelines for the 2020 football season. Face coverings are now a requirement for all fans and gameday workers and tailgating will not be allowed on campus.
Auburn is expected to announce additional health and safety precautions closer to the home opener. Ticket information for later games will also be released at a future date.