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Texas Governor Greg Abbott Announces Stadiums Can Host at 50%

NCAA Football: Kansas at Texas

In some breaking news on Thursday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that all stadiums can host fans at 50% capacity.

“Stadiums, whether it be where the Mavericks play or the Texas Rangers play or the Dallas Cowboys play, will be able to seat [at] 50 percent capacity,” Abbott told KDFW-TV.

The news comes one week after Texas set the limit at 25% for sporting events.


This new rule has a major impact on the Big 12 Conference, which has four of its ten teams (Baylor, Texas, Texas Tech, TCU) located in the Lone Star State, and of course the Big 12 Championship Game is played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington at the end of the season.

Despite its re-opening in recent weeks, cases have gone up across the state of Texas, but hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are down in many areas. Dallas/Fort Worth has seen a decrease of about 20% in hospitalizations (674 on May 5th vs. 575 on June 3rd).

Additionally, the PGA Tour has previously said it plans to restart its season at Colonial in Texas on June 11-14 without fans attending.

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