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WVU to allow 25% capacity

Measure will begin Oct. 17 for Big 12 game against Kansas

Photo courtesy of Ben Queen Only a few spectators were in attendance inside Milan Puskar Stadium during WVU’s season-opening game against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 12. WVU officials announced on Monday the stadium will operate at 25% capacity for the Oct. 17 Big 12 Conference contest against Kansas.

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University and its Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will welcome fans back to Milan Puskar Stadium for the first time this football season, when the Mountaineers play host to the Kansas Jayhawks on Oct. 17.

“I want to thank all parties involved in getting to this point,” Director of Athletics Shane Lyons said. “COVID-19 has presented many challenges, but we have always put the health and safety of our student-athletes, University and community first. Needless to say, we are excited to open our gates and welcome Mountaineer fans back to the stadium.”

The stadium will operate at 25% capacity as part of the health, safety and wellness measures being implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The athletics department, in conjunction with the University’s team of medical professionals and appropriate parties, will not only cap attendance at approximately 15,000 fans for each remaining game this season, but will also take additional steps to increase fan safety.

Facemasks will be required of all spectators entering the stadium, and the department has previously provided a complimentary WVU branded mask to every fan who initially purchased season tickets for the 2020 season.

Facemasks should always be worn while fans are in the stadium with the exception of when fans are eating and drinking.

Athletics already announced the switch to mobile ticketing at all gates for football to provide a contactless entry, which is the most sanitary, efficient and quickest way to enter a sporting event. Mountaineer fans will download and store tickets to their Apple or Android smartphone, which will never leave the owner’s hands and avoids additional touching from stadium security. More information on mobile ticketing is available at WVUsports.com/MobileTickets.

While single-game parking passes will be sold to fans who have the opportunity to request single-game tickets for the remaining games this season, tailgating will not be allowed in the game day parking lots operated by WVU Athletics. The no tailgating policy will be strictly enforced. RV parking will not be available for the 2020 season.

With the 25% capacity limit, priority admittance into the stadium will go to season ticket holders who opted to maintain their investment in WVU football for the 2020 season and WVU students and player families. A limited number of tickets will go to the visiting team.

If tickets remain for the available games, an announcement regarding general public availability will be made on Monday, Oct. 12.

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