The effect of COVID-19 on The University of Tennessee Sports


The University of Tennessee stadium.

As we all know COVID-19 has had many impacts that has affected many different aspects of our lives. One impact that has come with COVID is the effect on sports. When it comes to University of Tennessee in particular, there have been lots of changes relating to sports for this year.

From Google images, UT football players.

For example, when it comes to people attending football games, The University of Tennessee has some things required. 

It was said by The University of Tennessee that, UT nursing faculty and students are exemplifying the Volunteer spirit by giving their time to conduct health screenings for Neyland Stadium staff and volunteer workers at each home game during the 2020 football season. The college has partnered with the Athletics Department to ensure that stadium personnel pass a health screening before being permitted inside.”

Wate expressed some of the guidelines such as, “Prior to arriving on campus, we encourage all fans to check their temperature and do a health self-screening. Fans who have a temperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or those who are in the most vulnerable population for complications from COVID-19 are asked to stay home and isolate.  

  • Face coverings (over the nose and mouth) are required for all guests as they enter, exit and move around Neyland Stadium, as well as any time guests are unable to maintain the recommended physical distance from others who are not in their same household.
  • Physical distancing measures have been put in place, including physically distanced line queues, marked barriers and social distancing reminders.
  • A significant number of hand washing opportunities, including hand sanitizers and portable hand-washing stations have been added inside Neyland Stadium.
  • Additional cleaning and sanitization measures have been implemented. This includes high touch-point areas being cleaned more frequently and providing additional hand-sanitizing locations.
  • Tennessee Athletics transitioned to mobile tickets for all ticket options. Fans are strongly encouraged to download their tickets on their phone prior to arrival.”

The University of Tennessee has also had to postpone games. 

According to Knox News, “Tennessee football’s game against Texas A&M on Saturday has been postponed and tentatively rescheduled for Dec. 12 due to COVID-19 issues for the Aggies, the SEC announced Tuesday.The SEC stated the postponement is due to a combination of positive tests, contact-tracing protocol and subsequent quarantining of individuals within the Texas A&M program.”

from google images, shows coaches wearing masks.

Overall as you can see, The University of Tennessee is making an effort to try and limit COVID-19 and being very thorough when it comes to enforcing safety precautions for sporting events.