NCAA Football: Navy at Notre Dame

The Notre Dame Marching Band plays during pregame ceremonies before a game last season. Notre Dame's director of athletics says he's not in favor of playing college football games without fans.

Notre Dame’s director of athletics said Tuesday that whenever college football begins play, he wants to see fans in the stands.

“I don’t see a model where we play, at least any extended number of games, in facilities where we don’t have fans,” Jack Swarbrick said on ESPN. “College football is about the cheerleaders and the band and the campus environment on game day. We’re interested in solutions that allow us to have a traditional game-day experience.”

The NCAA put a halt to all spring sports in March amid the coronavirus pandemic, and college football programs later stopped spring practices.

ESPN said some conferences and college administrators are discussing a variety of scenarios in case the season can’t start as scheduled in late August, which includes doing away with some nonconference games or playing into next year.