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Attendance policies vary for sports stadiums across Tennessee over COVID-19 pandemic

Attendance policies and other COVID-19 restrictions for sports stadiums are being established across Tennessee for the upcoming season.

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University of Tennessee mascots wave the power T flag after the team scores a touchdown during the first half against Austin Peay at Neyland Stadium, Saturday, August 31, 2013 in Knoxville, Tenn.

The policies vary depending on the area and anticipated crowds. Here is what we know at this point:

Nissan Stadium

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The Titans and Nashville SC both have home games scheduled to be played at Nissan Stadium where no fans will be allowed to attend through September.  

The Titans will play Jacksonville on Sept. 20 in the empty stadium while Nashville SC will play there against Inter Miami CF on Aug. 30, against Orlando City SC on Sept. 2 and against Atlanta United FC on Sept. 12.

Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium

Officials stated capacity for football games probably will be limited to 25% at the stadium, which seats 102,455. A crowd at 25% capacity would be 25,614. Officials also said the cap could change depending on the nature of the pandemic. On-campus tailgating also has been banned.

Vanderbilt Stadium

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Construction workers assemble the new Vanderbilt Stadium video board, right, on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn.

Officials have not determined whether fans will be allowed to attend games, but athletics director Candice Lee said the university is considering all options. While waiting to release a plan, the university has given flexibility to season-ticket holders to request a refund, change their payment to a donation to the athletics department or apply a credit to next year. Vanderbilt Stadium has a capacity of 40,350. 

MTSU’s Floyd Stadium

Restrictions have not yet been announced for Middle Tennessee State’s five scheduled home games. All tickets will be sold digitally. An announcement is expected soon.

Memphis Liberty Bowl

Officials announced no tailgating will be allowed for Memphis’ Sept. 5 game against visiting Arkansas State and parking will open only two hours prior to kickoff. Parking will be limited to fans who have purchased tickets. Tickets will be sold digitally. 

Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway

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A larger crowd showed up for Saturday’s races at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway than for the first race on July 4.

Three races were held at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway earlier this summer, but the next, which was scheduled for Aug. 29, was canceled after Mayor John Cooper warned about the dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Capacity was limited to 20%, or 2,550 fans, for each of the three races, and fans were required to wear protective masks, have their temperature taken at the gate and practice social distancing.

The next race is scheduled for Sept.12, and there has been no announcement about whether that race will take place.  

High schools

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Quarterback Taylor Montiel passes during Brentwood Academy football practice in Brentwood, Tenn. Monday, Aug. 3, 2020

The TSSAA recommended crowds be limited to a quarter or a third the capacity of each school’s stadium. Each school system will work with its local health department to set attendance policies. The TSSAA mandated fans have their temperature checked at the gate, wear protective masks and practice social distancing.

Concession stands are not prohibited, but are discouraged with options that ensure social distancing.

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► More: Knox County Schools releases COVID-19 guidelines for high school football games

Reach Mike Organ at 615-259-8021 or on Twitter @MikeOrganWriter.  

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Attendance policies vary for sports stadiums across Tennessee over COVID-19 pandemic

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