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There won’t be fans in the stands when BYU plays at Navy on Labor Day

Naval Academy athletic director Chet Gladchuk announced Wednesday that fans will not be allowed to watch the game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

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A large U.S. flag is displayed at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium prior to the Military Bowl NCAA college football game between Temple and North Carolina, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, in Annapolis, Md.

Julio Cortez, Associated Press

PROVO — BYU’s season-opening football game against Navy will be played on Sept. 7 on ESPN. But, as Naval Academy athletic director Chet Gladchuk announced Wednesday, fans will not be allowed to watch the game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. 

“Today, in our judgment, fans in the stands, even socially distanced and with a wide-array of protocols in place, still present a concerning risk for COVID transmission,” said Gladchuk. “We are still optimistic there will be home football games this season where our season ticket holders will be extended the opportunity to personally attend. Improving conditions may dictate justification to open our gates in a setting with extensive safety protocols being appropriately administered. Every season ticket holder will be provided with information via email in regard to their ticket and attendance options over the next day.”