Harbaugh says empty stadiums better than no college football
Thursday, May 21, 2020

(ANN ARBOR) – Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh said he would be comfortable playing games in empty stadiums as college football attempts to hold the 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Other sports, including Major League Baseball, the NBA and NHL, have discussed returning to play games in front of no fans, and Harbaugh was asked about that scenario Wednesday during an interview with ESPN's Get Up! Harbaugh said if the choice were to play without fans in the stands or not play, he would choose to play with no fans. He says almost every Michigan player feels the same way. Harbaugh made multiple references to the need for testing for his players and staff. Michigan Stadium, famously nicknamed "The Big House," holds over 107,000 fans, and Harbaugh doubts a capacity crowd could be safely tested before a game. The Big Ten Conference has suspended all team activities through June 1, and the NCAA will not mandate or oversee a return to sports. The college football season is tentatively scheduled to start Aug. 29, and Harbaugh said the Wolverines are preparing as if they'll be playing games this fall.