WACO, TX — 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.
"I understand it's a disappointing decision but it's the correct one. We have to do what's best for the safety of the University and our local community," Director of Athletics Shane Lyons said. "Our plans for a socially distanced seating manifest in the stadium have been ready for some time, but we need conditions to improve on campus and in the community before we can proceed. I encourage everyone to test when the opportunity to do so is made available.
The decision to have no spectators at the Baylor vs. West Virginia University game comes after Baylor announced two of its games against Louisiana Tech and the University of Houston had been postponed.