Fans, tailgates welcomed back at LaVell Edwards Stadium for BYU’s 2021 football season

The plan is contingent on COVID-19 cases and vaccination rates

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Cosmo gets the fans excited during the second half of the NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at LaVell Edwards stadium in Provo, Utah. BYU announced Friday that fans will be welcomed back to LaVell Edwards Stadium at full capacity for the 2021 football season.

The BYU Cougars will play in empty stadiums no more — at least at home.

A year after playing the best season in 20 years with little to no fans, BYU football is welcoming back its fans. The athletic department is planning a return to full capacity in LaVell Edwards Stadium this fall for the 2021 football season.

Of course, the new plans are still dependent on low COVID-19 cases and maintaining low rates. They will also be influenced by vaccination rates.

“We are really excited to welcome back Cougar Nation into LaVell Edwards Stadium this fall,” BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said in a statement. “I know our football team is looking forward to a great schedule this season. We are all extremely excited to be able to see the return of the unmatched atmosphere generated by BYU fans in LaVell Edwards Stadium.”

Last season, season ticket holders had the option to either transfer their 2020 season tickets to the 2021 season or donate the price of their tickets to help with the financial downfall due to the pandemic.

BYU has started the renewal process for season ticket holders, reaching out to current season ticket holders to begin their renewal and seat-selection process. Once those are completed, new season tickets will go on sale to the public in July, when individual game tickets are also expected to go on sale.

Along with full capacity at LES, BYU is planning to bring back fan activities, such as tailgating, for the 2021 season.

BYU will host six opponents in LaVell Edwards Stadium this fall: Utah (Sept. 11), Arizona State (Sept. 18), South Florida (Sept. 25), Boise State (Oct. 9), Virginia (Oct. 30) and Idaho State (Nov. 6). Game times will be announced at a later date.