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BYU football conducts another survey, this one focused on potential safety measures

A second survey of season ticket holders asks Cougar fans if they are willing to wear face coverings, preorder concessions and much more

BYU’s Cosmo the Cougar performs with the BYU Cougarettes during the 2017 Homecoming Football game against Boise State, Oct. 6, 2017. Nate Edwards, BYU Photo

PROVO — Player, coach and fan safety — and fans’ comfort level amid the COVID-19 pandemic — are the focus of BYU’s latest survey sent to season ticket holders.

With a month remaining before the Cougars are scheduled to open fall camp and two months until they are scheduled to meet the University of Utah (Sept. 3) at Rice-Eccles Stadium, BYU’s athletic department and ticket office sent an email out Wednesday asking for responses to eight multiple-choice questions.

Last month, the BYU ticket office asked season ticket holders to give their feedback on proposed ticket purchasing policies and seating arrangements at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

The latest survey seems to indicate that BYU officials are exploring all options for at least allowing a limited number of fans into the stadium for the Cougars’ six home games in 2020.

The first home game is Sept. 12 against Michigan State. Other home games are Oct. 2 against Utah State; Oct. 10 against Missouri; Oct. 16 against Houston; Nov. 14 against San Diego State; and Nov. 21 against North Alabama.

“We want to express our appreciation for attending events at BYU. We value your input as we plan for our 2020 football season,” the email says.

“While many things are still uncertain regarding COVID-19 and the effect it might have on home game attendance, ultimately the safety of our fans, players and coaches will be paramount as we go through the process of making critical decisions,” it continues. “In that regard, it would be helpful if you would answer a few questions to help us understand how potential safety factors would impact you as you consider attending a game in Edwards Stadium.

Here are the survey questions:

Which statement below most accurately describes your attitude toward attending events?

• I will attend

• I will NOT attend until a vaccine for COVID-19 is developed

• I don’t know

Which of the following are you willing to do to attend an event? (Select all that apply)

• Wear a face covering during the event

• Have your temperature taken before entry is allowed

• Use a specific gate or entry to access your seating

• Leave all bags at home (medically necessary bags, including diaper bags, would still be allowed)

• Preorder concessions on your phone

• Use mobile delivery tickets on your phone

How comfortable are you in a situation that does NOT require social distancing in the seating area?

• Extremely comfortable

• Somewhat comfortable

• Neither comfortable nor uncomfortable

• Somewhat uncomfortable

• Extremely uncomfortable

If social distancing in the seating area is required, are you willing to sit in your assigned seat, even if better seats are empty?

• Yes

• No

How important is it to you that the number of people allowed in a restroom at one time is controlled?

• Extremely important

• Very important

• Moderately important

• Slightly important

• Not at all important

Please rank the following in order of importance:

• Disposable toilet seat covers

• Certification of cleaning procedures by an independent organization

• Restroom (enter/exit) doors propped open to avoid touching handles

• Touchless paper towels dispensers

• One-way traffic in restrooms

• Disinfectant wipes available at every portal

• Hand sanitizer stations throughout the venue

• Other (please specify)

Would you be comfortable purchasing food at the venue?

• Yes

• No

How important is cashless payment to you?

• Extremely important

• Very important

• Moderately important

• Slightly important

• Not at all important