Just a day after WVU announced no fans would be allowed at the home opener against Eastern Kentucky, Marshall is moving forward with having fans in the stands with hopes their social distancing plans will be approved.
According to MetroNews, Marshall’s athletic director Mark Hamrick stated he would “feel comfortable” allowing fans in the stands as long as the proper social distancing measures and protocols were in place.
Hamrick would also state that the plan will be to have 25-30% of the stadium’s capacity attending the game. This would allow anywhere from 9,000 to roughly 11,000 fans to attend Marshall’s opening game against Eastern Kentucky on September 5th.
While it may seem unfair to Mountaineers fans, both Marshall and WVU had to work with their local health officials. Morgantown has been a hotspot in West Virginia since the reopening of bars, and the university and all those involved with the decision felt it would be best to continue without fans, at least for the opener.
Both Marshall and WVU open their 2020 season against Eastern Kentucky in consecutive weeks.