Football season is back in full force. The sport is the most popular in the US, and for millions of people, college football is more exciting and better than the NFL.
The Delta variant of COVID is spreading throughout the US, but that did not stop college fans from filling up the stadiums. Even stadiums with over 100,000-people capacity were packed.
Some of the highest attendances last weekend were:
- Washington at Michigan – 108,345
- Ball State at Penn State – 105,323
- Oregon at Ohio State – 100,482
- Mercer at Alabama – 95,396
- McNeese State at LSU – 94,220
Some of the prominent college powerhouses, such as Ohio State, Georgia, Alabama, and Oklahoma, are not even asking for proof of vaccination or social distancing. Arkansas had its ninth highest attendance ever and the first sell-out since 2017.
Most schools do not require vaccination in the SEC, with only Louisiana State and Vanderbilt requiring some vaccination or PCR tests.
The division leaders follow the NCAA’s guidance and promote vaccination but do not implement any rules regarding distancing or masks. Each school makes the final decision.
Many experts, including Dr.Fauci, White House’s chief medical advisor, are raising concerns about the effect of these large events without distancing or vaccinations. Some professors and parents are also concerned about these “super spreader” events.
While vaccination and masks are a very divided topic, one thing is for sure — the 145 million people watching college football on TV love the tradition and the atmosphere that a sellout crowd creates.