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Over the last few months, we have seen several schools announce that they will have full capacity at outdoor athletic events for the 2021-22 season. For schools such as Alabama, Auburn and Georgia, that isn’t overly surprising.
For those schools in states that have been more stubborn in their return to normalcy from the COVID-19 pandemic, announcements of upcoming packed stadiums are a little more eye-opening — but in a good way, of course.
On Tuesday, UCLA and USC both announced that they will allow 100 percent capacity this fall. In other words, the Rose Bowl is officially back in business. According to a release from UCLA, this decision was made in accordance with the updated public health guidance regarding COVID-19.
The @RoseBowlStadium and additional UCLA athletic outdoor events will be at full seating capacity for the upcoming 2021-22 season! 🙌
— UCLA Athletics (@UCLAAthletics) June 15, 2021
— USC Football (@USC_FB) June 15, 2021
For Ed Orgeron and the LSU Tigers, this is excellent news. Well, maybe not excellent, considering they have to go on the road to play UCLA in Week 1 on Sept. 4, but packing EVERY stadium with fans is necessary after what we all went through in 2020.
Imagine getting to see other prominent SEC programs such as Alabama, who takes on Miami in Atlanta in Week 1, and Georgia, who takes on Clemson in Charlotte, playing in front of full crowds while the Rose Bowl remains empty. That would be less than ideal for LSU, even if it would remove UCLA’s homefield advantage.
No, this is great for college football. We deserve this.
Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.