Athletics

Athletics Operational Summary

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has designated a COVID-19 response team to implement a plan of action for Athletics during the pandemic. The number one priority is to protect the safety and well-being of all participants, student-athletes, coaches, staff, administrators, and spectators.

Below are some of the measures that FSU will institute to protect all Athletics stakeholders. The measures are fluid and subject to change based on the guidelines from federal, state, and local health officials.

Athletics Facility Capacity on Game Day

Athletics will operate its home sporting events with an approximate capacity of 20%.

Priority seating will be given to the student body first. Students will be required to wear face coverings at games and practice social distancing procedures.

Athletics will also make every effort to promote a virtual game-day experience whereby all other fans can view all games via online platforms.  

Luther "Nick" Jeralds Stadium

Luther "Nick" Jeralds Stadium, home of the football program, has a seating capacity of 5,400, but the Athletics Department will endorse/approve a maximum of 1,000 guests at each hosted event in the venue. Field access and team areas will be prohibited.  

Felton J. Capel Arena

Felton J. Capel Arena, home of the men and women's basketball and volleyball programs, has a capacity of 3,000 and Athletics will host a maximum of 600 guests at each scheduled event. Floor access and team areas will be prohibited.

Lamon Street Ballpark

Lamon Street Ballpark, home field for the softball program, seats approximately 200 patrons, but Athletics will allow a maximum of 40 fans. Team areas will be prohibited.

Virtual Game Experience

Fans who are not able to attend athletic events will have the opportunity to take part in a virtual experience via the FSU Broncos social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, FSU Broncos mobile app, and the fsubroncos.com and theciaasn.com websites.  

Video clips and photos will be shared via Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. A photo gallery of the game will be added to the website and shared via Facebook following the game.

The game broadcast will be streamed through the Athletics website (fsubroncos.com) and the conference site (theciaasn.com). The conference website will simulcast the game via its downloadable digital television app "CIAA Sports Network". Fans will have live interaction capabilities via Facebook Live.

Communication/Messaging

FSU Athletics will share social media and e-blast awareness campaigns on best practices for fans and guests created by the university to ensure one message, one voice, and one university brand.  

Frequent video and public address announcements will promote proper cleaning techniques, social distancing, and other similar health best practices for fans visiting the arena and stadium via the videoboard and public address announcements.

Stadium/Arena Sanitation

The Department of Athletics will increase regularity and scope of cleanings before and after every scheduled practice and competition. This procedure will be done in conjunction with the scheduled cleaning of facilities by the university's maintenance department. Hand sanitizing stations will be established in conspicuous areas around Athletics facilities for use by fans attending the game. Social distance guidelines will be posted around the facilities (i.e., hallways, bathrooms, concession stands, etc.). Disinfectant foggers will also be used in enclosed areas on a daily basis.