FSU AD reacts to crowds at Doak Campbell Stadium not wearing masks at game

Published: Sep. 13, 2020 at 4:46 PM CDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Saturday’s game at Doak Campbell stadium has drawn criticism from those saying the crowds of fans weren’t following proper CDC guidelines. Many images and video from the stadium to show fans not wearing masks and seemingly not social distancing.

Now, FSU Athletic Director David Coburn is acknowledging some fans can do better.

“We were disappointed with some fans, particularly some student fans, at the Georgia Tech football game who did not comply with our policies regarding social distancing and wearing masks while in their seats,” Coburn shared in a statement to WCTV.

There were rules in place that masks must be worn entering the stadium and stay on at all times.

As far how FSU will handle social distancing in future games, Coburn said, “There was ample room for all fans to remain safely distanced. We have three weeks until our next home game, and we will re-double our efforts to both inform our patrons and improve compliance with the new rules.”

While Saturday’s first game hype didn’t bring a traditional game day experience, fans still made their way out to enjoy some FSU football.

Despite no tailgating and very strict guidelines, FSU fans said they woke up still feeling like it was game day.

“It did feel like a game day honestly,” said FSU fan Don Shepherd. “I live right next to the stadium so like just waking up and knowing football is being played today and turning on the TV and seeing College Gameday, I got real excited.”

For longtime fan John Gay, who has been attending FSU games since 1976, he says just being present gives Saturday a game day feeling.

“I’m out here so just being here in this particular spot on this lot, says it’s game day,” said Gay.

For others, the fact that football is even being played, shows promise.

“It feels great because two months ago I wouldn’t have thought we’d be here,” said RV lot supervisor Gregory Roberts. “I wouldn’t have even thought we’d be playing football more less than opening the RV lot so in that sense it feels good so that it’s encouraging.”

Although it’s not what they’re used to, fans are excited about what Saturday’s in Tallahassee will entail.

“It feels different, it’s a little not as hype but you know I think if everybody kinda gets into it then it should be like a normal game day,” said FSU fan Chris Tanzer.

As the season continues, fans are hopeful that game days can bring a sense of normalcy moving forward.

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