Skip to main content

Michigan Governor Clarifies Comments About Sports This Fall

A general view of Michigan Stadium during a sold out game.

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 10: A general view of the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 10, 2005 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

It's hard to imagine football being played at "The Big House" without fans in attendance. But Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer alluded to that becoming a realistic scenario in a recent interview. Whitmer has since clarified her comments on the matter.

Football games without fans this fall has been a major discussion point in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. The NFL seems best suited to find a way to play the 2020 season given the league's freedom. The NCAA is in a trickier position, though.

Whitmer already declared her state won't be "filling stadiums in the fall." This would obviously impact major universities like Michigan and Michigan State - two schools which have massive stadiums and fan-bases to fill them.

But Whitmer has since clarified her comment after it created a bit of a stir among Michigan natives. The Michigan Gov. affirmed "sports is not over," but fan attendance will still likely be impacted until the pandemic calms down.

“We’re going to be in a new normal for quite a while, and it doesn’t mean that sports is over," Whitmer said, via Detroit Free Press. "Sports is not over. . . . We can have sports, just the way we observe them might look different for a while."

It's now been over two months since a major live sporting event took place, outside of the UFC.

At this point, sports fans would gladly accept fan-less sports contests if it meant leagues could resume play.

For now, there's a strong chance iconic venues like "The Big House" and Spartan Stadium will be empty in the fall, other than players and staff.