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What does it mean to you to have Penn State football back?

Beaver Stadium will be empty this season, with only families of players being allowed to attend games.

There’s plenty of reason to be excited about getting to watch Penn State and Big Ten football this fall. Then again, it’s going to be a very different kind of experience for many fans, since you won’t be allowed into the stadiums for games.

There’s also still the matter of COVID-19 to deal with, so safety remains a concern — safety of the players, coaches and everyone else involved in college football.

So, having football back is certainly something to rejoice about for many fans, but not everyone is fully on board with it.

We asked Twitter users to provide some of their thoughts about the return of PSU and Big Ten football, and their answers were telling in a lot of ways.

The world “normalcy” also showed up from other fans.

This has been a rough year in many ways. We’ve had so much time on our hands that it’s led people to be frustrated and even angry about everything that’s going on. It’s also an election year, and politics has been a major topic of discussion for months now.

Football provides an escape from all the difficulties.

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The safety of everyone involved is also on a lot of people’s minds. So much so that some fans said they would have been OK if football wasn’t returning at all.

And lastly, sometimes words aren’t enough to describe someone’s feelings. Which is why we have emojis.

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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