The WVU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, in conjunction with University, local and state officials, has determined that football's Big 12 Conference home opener against Baylor on Oct. 3 will take place without spectators at Milan Puskar Stadium.https://t.co/UqE3AfoIyc— WVU Sports (@WVUSports) September 21, 2020
The West Virginia Mountaineers will once again play a regular season game without fans in the stadium. The University released a statement through wvusports.com, reading
The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, in conjunction with University, local and state officials, has determined that football’s Big 12 Conference home opener against Baylor on Oct. 3 will take place without spectators at Milan Puskar Stadium.
Due to safety precautions from the COVID-19 pandemic, only essential game operations personnel and families of the players and football staff will be admitted. Expected capacity at future Big 12 Conference home games will be determined by local public health conditions at the time.
Essential personnel comes down to those needed to operate the facility along with family members of the players. This worked out a bit for the Mountaineers against Eastern Kentucky, with a high level recruit making a non-official visit to watch his brother, but still, no fans or students will be allowed.
Athletic Director Shane Lyons expressed his disappointment that fans could not be in the stands but safety is the concern for the University.
“I continue to ask Mountaineer Nation for its understanding. We are doing everything possible to have fans at our home football games this season, and I can assure you that our players, coaches and department staff want that to happen. Taking aggressive and appropriate precautions to prevent the spread of this virus along with regular testing remains the key for all of us.”