Wyoming Football Will Return With Fans

Sep 25, 2020

Credit Bob Beck / Wyoming Public Radio

The Wyoming Cowboy football team is back on the practice field after the Mountain West Conference announced that an eight-game season will begin on October 24.

UW Athletics Director Tom Burman said the key was the access to rapid testing. During a news conference he added that they plan to have fans attend games.​

"Bottom line, there will be attendance at War Memorial Stadium based on today's data and today's information. What that number is and who can gain access remains to be seen. My goal is to take care of as many season-ticket holders as possible," said Burman.

He said they are working with the Wyoming Department of Health to determine the size of the crowd and he hopes to have that information and a schedule of games by the middle of next week.

Head Coach Craig Bohl said the team is already back at practice. He said they have been taking a number of precautions to limit exposure, and a protocol is in place should a player test positive. But he is confident that it will be a safe environment.

"Thus far in all of the college football games that have been played, there has not been one documented case transfer of COVID through football related activities, whether that be a game or weighlifting or practice," said Bohl.

Players will be tested three times a week. Burman added that no decision has been made regarding other fall sports.

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