Oklahoma State officials are creating seating plans for football games at Boone Pickens Stadium because of the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce seating capacity to 25 percent, a source within the OSU athletics department told Sports Illustrated.
These measures would mean under 14,000 fans, including 2,500 students, excluding suites. According to the report, OSU’s athletic department will release the seating configuration next week which will feature seating pods six feet apart with potentially as many as eight people per pod.
On Aug. 12, the Big 12 said “stadium capacities will be determined by each member institution in accordance with local and/or state health ordinances, and working with government officials.” Later that day OSU announced fans will be required to wear a mask to attend games among other safety measures for BPS.
While the Big 12 has decided to move forward with fall sports amid the pandemic there’s no word yet on winter sports. However, Iowa State wrestling coach Kevin Dresser wrote in his newsletter Aug. 17 the Cyclones will not compete until January.
OSU has not announced a seating plan for basketball games or wrestling duals at Gallagher-Iba Arena.