Kentucky’s trip to the Swamp in November may look even more different than we thought.
Every team in the SEC is trying to establish social distancing guidelines and COVID-19 precautions for their home games, which of course has led to reduced capacity at SEC games. However, in the last two weeks, it looks like Georgia and Texas A&M just said to hell with those. Take a look for yourselves.
— Kyle Serba (@KyleSerba) October 3, 2020
— Holly Rowe (@sportsiren) October 10, 2020
The video of Kyle Field was taken yesterday during Florida’s upset loss to the Aggies. After the game, Dan Mullen said how much of a factor the 12th man (no pun intended) played in their game.
Now, we’re going to backtrack a bit here. Earlier in the week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis gave the green light for all stadiums in Florida to go full capacity.
SLATER SCOOP: Miami Dolphins have been given clearance to go to full capacity of 65,000 fans at Hard Rock Stadium, Gov. DeSantis’ spokesperson tells me.
The team, though, says their current plan of 13,000 fans remains the same for their next home game on Oct. 25.
— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) October 7, 2020
None of the teams in Florida has yet to follow through with the recent change, but a frustrated Dan Mullen wants to see the Swamp at full capacity against LSU next week, saying the crowd Texas A&M had was a huge advantage.
#Florida head coach Dan Mullen said the Texas A&M crowd played a "major factor" in the Gators loss.
— Kyle Burger (@kyle_burger) October 11, 2020
It’s unclear if the University of Florida will follow through with Mullen’s request, given that they have yet to comment on what Mullen said in the post-game press conference, but now the door is open. For the first time since March, Florida will have the possibility of being the first state to have a full capacity stadium.
There’s a lot of things to take into account here.
How will this affect the SEC season if there is an outbreak, will other SEC schools follow suit, and how will this affect the games going forward? More importantly, will it even happen? We will find out in the days to come.