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Big Ten Conference Announces New Attendance Guidelines for the Remainder of 2020-2021 Season

The Big Ten Conference will allow schools to follow local guidelines to host fans at athletic events for the remainder of the 2020-2021 academic year.

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In a statement from the Big Ten on Wednesday, the conference announced that schools can follow local health guidelines to allow fans at athletic events for the remainder of the 2020-2021 academic year. In the statement, the conference specified that this includes spring football events, meaning that the Spartans could host fans at the annual Green and White game on April 24.

There’s no official word just yet from Michigan State on whether fans will be allowed in Spartan Stadium for the Spartans’ spring football game, but that should be coming soon now that the Big Ten has allowed schools to decide. The decision also allows for fans at regular-season games for spring sports as well.

Michigan State started spring practice on Tuesday and will end their spring practices on April 24 with the Green and White game, which was canceled last year along with spring practice as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Update: Michigan State Athletics provided the following statement on the matter:

“Michigan State athletics will explore options for increased attendance at home events in accordance with state, county and local guidelines, while still prioritizing the health and safety of student-athletes, staff and spectators.”