Marshall to allow fans at home football games

HUNTINGTON, WV (WOAY)- 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