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No fans allowed in the stands during Navy home opener

Posted at 4:02 PM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 17:29:28-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Changes are happening on a daily basis because of COVID-19. At the Naval Academy, they announced the home opener against Brigham Young University, they also announced no fans can attend that game.

In the middle of handling an unprecedented season, Coach Ken Niumatalolo, now must prep his team for the home opener without fans.

"It will be weird without anybody in the stands," Niumatalolo said. "This is a different day and age and these are unique times."

The home opener is September 7 and there are four other home games this year. A determination for fans attending those games has not been made yet.

Officials felt having thousands of fans in the stands would present problems in maintaining COVID-19 protocols.

"I feel like that was the right thing to do. We're all still learning this and if this is our first game, better of error on the side of caution."

Not only are fans not allowed in the stands, the Academy will not have fans come on the stadium grounds for tailgating.

Naval Academy officials are asking the NCAA if they can get a waiver to see if the Navy Brigade can attend the game, using social distance.