ANNAPOLIS — Governor Larry Hogan and U.S. Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Admiral Sean Buck announced that the Brigade of Midshipmen will be able to attend the Navy vs. Temple football game on Saturday.
State and local officials have approved a plan for the safe, socially distanced execution of the game at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Attendance at Saturday’s game will be limited to the Brigade of Midshipmen and a small support staff element only—no fans, families, or guests.
“We were pleased to work closely with Naval Academy leaders to allow the Brigade of Midshipmen to safely attend this weekend’s football game,” said Governor Hogan. “It gives us a great deal of pride to have the Naval Academy here in the State of Maryland, and I want to thank Vice Admiral Buck for prioritizing testing protocols and developing a plan that puts the health and safety of the Midshipmen first.”
Saturday’s game will operate under strict health protocols:
● Midshipmen will sit socially distanced by company with small roommate pods allowed to sit together, and remain masked the entire game.
● There will be symptom and temperature screening of all Midshipmen, support staff, and stadium personnel.
● Mask use will be mandatory for Midshipmen, stadium personnel, and law enforcement.
● Concessions will be limited to bottled water or non-alcohol beverages only, with cashless transactions. No water fountain use will be permitted.
● Restrooms will be limited to 50% capacity with designated, one-way traffic patterns.
● Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be provided throughout the stadium, which will have designated two-way traffic lanes.
● Event security staff will monitor seating and concourse areas to ensure compliance with social distancing protocols.
● Parking lots will be closed: no pre-game or post-game tailgating.