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“It’s like walking into a ghost town”: Under tight pandemic restrictions, college football returns to Austin

With just over 15,000 fans in a stadium that holds more than 100,000, the University of Texas kicked off the football season after requiring mandatory COVID-19 tests for students who attended the game.

Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium roughly 20 minutes before kickoff on Sept. 12, 2020.
Apr 4, 2020; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns fans look on against UTEP Miner at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman via USA TODAY NETWORK
Ryan Lepper, owner of Horn-Ball Texas Tailgaters, poses outside his arrangement of tents for the University of Texas home opener vs. UTEP on Sept. 12, 2020.
A DJ plays to a small crowd at a tailgate event for the University of Texas football home opener against UTEP on Sept. 12, 2020.
Signs encouraging mask wearing and social distancing were posted around the stadium.
Scanning tickets at the student entrance to the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium for the first home football game of the season at the University of Texas at Austin on Sept. 12, 2020.
A UT fan with his body painted burnt orange walks towards the stadium for the first home football game of the season at the University of Texas at Austin on Sept. 12, 2020.

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