Over the past several months, as we have all dealt with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have continuously stressed that, while we hope to return to a sense of normalcy, our first priority is the safety and welfare of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans.
In that spirit, after receiving guidance from state and public health officials, and after consulting with our football student-athletes and Coach Edsall, we have made the decision that the Huskies will not compete on the gridiron during the 2020 season. Despite our wishful optimism, we have concluded that the safety challenges created by COVID-19 place our student-athletes at an unacceptable level of risk. Additionally, our student-athletes expressed concerns about participating in a year filled with continuing uncertainty and rapidly changing conditions, and how such a situation might lessen their overall athletic experience, especially in a stadium with substantially reduced capacity. In short, our student-athletes would prefer to preserve a year of eligibility and compete (hopefully) in more typical circumstances in the 2021 season.
Members of the team will remain enrolled in classes, either virtually or in-person, as full-time UConn students. The student-athletes will also have access to our training facilities and associated support services for the permissible number of weekly hours in accordance with the NCAA rules. This will ensure that the student-athletes remain on track from a player development and academic progress standpoint, without exhausting a year of eligibility.
While the Huskies began spring practice on February 4 and were one of the only teams in the country to finish spring ball, the opportunities to effectively condition and train as a team for the start of the season have been limited based upon required COVID-19 protocols. The team has been on campus since early July with zero student-athletes testing positive COVID-19.
We appreciate your ongoing commitment to our football program and your understanding of this unfortunate, but necessary, decision. We will look forward to a time when the entire UConn family can be together again at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field, experiencing the excitement and enjoyment of UConn football gamedays.
Several options are available for those who have already purchased 2020 UConn Football season tickets, in order to remain as flexible and accommodating as possible. While we encourage you to choose the option that best fits your needs, we hope you consider an option that will continue to directly support the UConn Football program and student-athletes this coming year.
Seat locations for existing season ticket holders will be preserved for the 2021 season.
2020 Season Ticket Holder Options
OPTION 1 – Charitable Contribution (Tax Deductible)
Donate your total purchase (tickets, along with any applicable seat donation, parking pass and order fees) to UConn Football to directly support the program and student-athletes for the 2020-21 year, including academic scholarships and critical support services.
This donation option may be deductible as a charitable gift for federal income tax purposes up to 100% or the maximum amount allowed by federal law. It is recommended to consult your tax advisor.
OPTION 2 – charitable contribution (2x priority points)
Donate your total purchase (tickets, along with any applicable seat donation, parking pass and order fees) to UConn Football to support the program and student-athletes for the 2020-21 year, including academic scholarships and critical support services.
This donation option provides the opportunity to receive two times the priority points awarded for every $100 gift (20 points for every $100 gift opposed to 10 points for every $100 gift). For more information on priority points, please click here.
OPTION 3 – apply to 2021 season (110% Credit)
Apply your total purchase (tickets, along with any applicable seat donation, parking pass and order fees) to the 2021 season and receive 110% credit. Additional credit will be in the form of a UConn Athletics gift card to be used towards any future ticket purchase including season tickets, single game tickets, etc. Gift cards will be issued after the 2021 football schedule is announced and your renewal is transacted.
OPTION 4 – Refund
Receive a full refund of your total purchase (tickets, along with any applicable seat donation, parking pass and order fees) to the original form of payment. Please allow 6 weeks for the refund to be processed.
How to Select Your Option
After reviewing the options, season ticket holders need to login to their online UConn Ticket account at UConnTickets.com and select the option that best fits their needs. If you need assistance or have questions, we are happy to help. Please see our contact information below.
The deadline to select an option for the 2020 football season tickets is Wednesday, September 16.