- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 25, 2020

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Marshall University announced Tuesday that it will allow fans to attend its home football games under a reduced capacity during the coronavirus pandemic.

Fans who purchased season tickets will be relocated throughout Marshall’s stadium to comply with social distancing guidelines, the university said in a news release.

Marshall, which has six home games this fall, opens the season at home Sept. 5 against Eastern Kentucky.

“We worked diligently and deliberately to create a plan that will allow us to proceed safely and take care of our season ticket-holders, students, staff and visitors,” Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick said.

West Virginia University in Morgantown announced last week that its Sept. 12 home opener - also against Eastern Kentucky - will be held without fans.



Marshall started classes on Monday. Classes begin Wednesday at West Virginia University. Students at both schools are taking classes either face-to-face or online in response to the pandemic.

Less than 1% of the total number of virus tests given to students, faculty and staff at either school have come back positive, officials said. The tests are required for those returning to campus.

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