WVU-Baylor game closed to general public

WOAY – WVU Athletics announced Monday that the Mountaineers’ football game with Baylor, scheduled for a noon kickoff October 3, will be closed to the general public.

A department statement read, “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. Expected capacity at future Big 12 Conference home games will be determined by local public health conditions at the time.” These are the guidelines that were in place for the Eastern Kentucky game on September 12.

“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.”

West Virginia football fans can watch the Mountaineers on WOAY-TV each of the next two weeks. The game at Oklahoma State is scheduled for a 3:30 kickoff September 26, while the Baylor will start at noon the following Saturday.