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BYU asks season ticket holders to take survey in case it ‘becomes necessary to reduce seating capacity’ at home football games

Here are the seven questions BYU athletics asked in an emailed questionnaire as officials prepare for ‘different scenarios’ they are considering to ensure social distancing at LaVell Edwards Stadium this fall

Brigham Young University fans cheer in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019.
Brigham Young University fans cheer in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

PROVO — Like many college athletic departments throughout the country, BYU recently sent out a survey to season ticket holders asking for input “should it become necessary to reduce the seating capacity in LaVell Edwards Stadium” for the upcoming football season.

“We felt it would be helpful to get your thoughts,” says the email that arrived in fans’ inboxes Monday. “As a season ticket holder, we are asking for your help by responding to a few questions.”

The email’s subject is entitled “An Important Message Regarding the 2020 Football Season” and is obviously in response to the coronavirus pandemic that has forced the cancellation of the spring sports seasons and threatens to disrupt the 2020-21 seasons like football and women’s soccer.

The survey was created as BYU tries “to anticipate a variety of scenarios regarding home games” and includes seven multiple-choice questions.

Here they are, with answer options:

1) When thinking about returning to a stadium environment, how comfortable are you with attending a football game in LaVell Edwards Stadium?

• I will attend for sure

• Cautious, but will probably attend

• I will not attend

2) If it became necessary to offer you a refund of your season tickets, which of the following options would you prefer?

• Full refund on the amount that I have paid

• Donate the amount that I have paid to the Cougar Club/Athletics

• Donate a portion that I have paid to the Cougar Club and refund the remainder

• Apply my full 2020 football payment to the 2021 season

• Other

3) If the current schedule changes, how likely are you to keep your season tickets?

• Very likely

• Somewhat likely

• Not likely

4) If we have to implement a reduced capacity scenario at the stadium, how do we determine priority for selling the restricted seating?

• Cougar Club level and priority points

• Years of continuous season ticket purchase

• Other (please specify)

5) If stadium capacity is reduced, which option would you prefer?

• Sell only season tickets to a limited number of fans

• Sell 2-, 3-, or 4-game packages, so more fans can have the opportunity to attend

• Sell individual games only

6) When thinking about a reduced capacity scenario, please select the option that you would be most in favor of:

• I prefer to buy season tickets and come to every game

• I prefer to attend just some of the games

• I will come to any game that is made available

• I am not likely to attend this year

7) What is your age category?

• Under 35

• Ages 35-54

• Ages 55 and older

Space is provided for additional comment on selected questions depending upon response. For instance, if a person selects “I will not attend” on the first question, they are then asked how long it will take for them to come back and attend, and what it will take for them to come back and attend.

BYU’s home schedule is being touted as one of the better ones in the independence era, which enters its 10th season in 2020. The home schedule includes visits by Michigan State (Sept. 12), Utah State (Oct. 2), Missouri (Oct. 10), Houston (Oct. 16), San Diego State (Nov. 14) and North Alabama (Nov. 21).