UW Limits Sports Attendance After COVID Cases Rise

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The University of Wyoming is reducing the number of fans who will be allowed to attend home football and basketball games until at least the end of the year.

Football attendance is being reduced to 5,000 fans allowed in War Memorial Stadium, down from the 7,000 allowed at previous games, for the remainder of the season.

Attendance at UW basketball games at the Arena-Auditorium will be set at a maximum of 2,000 fans per game through the end of the year.

These attendance numbers equate to 17% capacity for both structures.

The decision to reduce attendance grew out of a desire to keep fans, student-athletes, coaches, UW staff and community members as safe as possible during the recent increase in coronavirus numbers in Albany County and the state of Wyoming, university officials said.

Fans attending Cowboy and Cowgirl Athletics’ events are reminded that face coverings are required throughout the University of Wyoming campus at all times, including when attending games.  The mask requirement will be enforced at games by game management and law enforcement/security personnel.

All tickets sold through the UW Athletics Ticket Office will incorporate social-distancing guidelines when determining seat locations. 

UW Athletics, in connection with the Wyoming Department of Health, will continue to evaluate appropriate attendance numbers at UW Athletics’ events based on overall coronavirus conditions.

The Western Thunder Marching Band will not perform at the remaining home football games this season.  With the university moving to online instruction earlier than anticipated, all in-person classes, ensemble rehearsals and performances have been suspended.  

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