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BYU will allow approximately 6,000 fans to attend next home football game

UTSA and BYU warm up before playing a game without fans at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020.
In this file photo, UTSA and BYU warm up before playing a game without fans at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. The school announced Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, it will allow approximately 6,000 fans attend the Cougars’ home game against Texas State on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

There will finally be fans — and not just cardboard cutouts — in the stands at LaVell Edwards Stadium this season.

BYU announced Saturday that, in accordance with the state’s new health guidance levels relating to the novel coronavirus pandemic, approximately 6,000 fans will be allowed at the Cougars’ home game against Texas State next Saturday, Oct. 24.

BYU played its previous three games in Provo this season — and four overall, including the opener at Navy — in a stadium devoid of fans. The Cougars finally played in front of a crowd for the first time Friday night, as BYU beat Houston at TDECU Stadium in Texas. An announced crowd of 10,092 people were in attendance.

“I know BYU (fans) bought a bunch of tickets when they heard (Houston was allowing some fans),” Houston coach Dana Holgorsen said on his coach’s radio show Thursday. “Their stadium in Utah has been closed. BYU is used to traveling. They go everywhere.”

Now that travel won’t have to be far, especially for those in Utah County. BYU’s game against Texas State kicks off at 8:15 p.m. MDT at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Oct. 24.

The No. 14 Cougars enter the game with a 5-0 record after beating Houston 43-26 on Friday, while Texas State is 1-5 following a 30-20 loss to South Alabama on Saturday.