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Approximately 6,000 fans to be allowed in LaVell Edwards Stadium for BYU Cougars’ home opener

Tickets will be made available to fans on game-by-game basis this season

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Lavell Edwards Stadium on the Brigham Young University campus in Provo

Lavell Edwards Stadium on the Brigham Young University campus in Provo is pictured on Wednesday March 11, 2020.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

PROVO — A day after BYU’s resounding 55-3 season-opening victory at Navy, university officials announced how attending games at LaVell Edwards Stadium will work this fall during the global pandemic. 

Approximately 6,000 fans will be allowed to attend the Cougars’ home opener against the Troy Trojans on Sept. 26. 

BYU 2020 schedule

BYU’s 2020 football schedule

  • BYU 55, Navy 3
  • Sept. 19 at Army (Postponed)
  • BYU 48, Troy 7
  • Oct. 2 vs. Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m., ESPN2
  • Oct. 10 vs. UTSA, 1:30 p.m., ESPN
  • Oct. 16 at Houston, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
  • Oct. 24 vs. Texas State, Time and TV TBA
  • Oct. 31 vs. Western Kentucky, Time and TV TBA
  • Nov. 7, at Boise State, Time and TV TBA
  • Nov. 21 vs. North Alabama, Time and TV TBA

All times MDT

Tickets for each of BYU’s five scheduled home games will be sold on a game-by-game basis, according to the school’s release, rather than offering a season-ticket option. There will be a priority system with tickets for the first game made available to season ticket holders on Sept. 14. 

Some tickets will be set aside for BYU ROC students, although the school did not specify how many.

“We appreciate the university administration, government officials and a variety of medical experts who helped develop a plan to best ensure a safe and healthy game-day experience at LaVell Edwards Stadium,” BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said in a statement. “We are in the process of reaching out to season ticket holders with options for purchasing tickets.”

Last season, BYU averaged 59,547 fans per game for six home dates. 

BYU is following the current state mandate regarding attendance limits. Under the yellow phase, fans are permitted to attend sporting events, with a 6,000 fan limit for outdoor events.

The 6,000 fan limit represents less than 10% of LaVell Edwards Stadium’s capacity (63,725), which is smaller than other schools around the country have announced for this season. 

For example, Notre Dame, Florida and Alabama are limited to 20% capacity. Clemson will allow 19,000 fans (in a stadium that holds more than 81,000) while Oklahoma will allow 20,300 (in a stadium that holds 86,112). At Texas, 24,000 fans will be allowed at 95,000-seat Darrell K. Royal Stadium. 

“We appreciate the university administration, government officials and a variety of medical experts who helped develop a plan to best ensure a safe and healthy game-day experience at LaVell Edwards Stadium. We are in the process of reaching out to season ticket holders with options for purchasing tickets.” — BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe

As part of the attendance guidelines at BYU, LaVell Edwards Stadium will be divided into four natural sections, with separate entrance and exit locations. The game-by-game attendance policy allows for the stadium capacity to increase as the season progresses “based on available pandemic date and the recommendation of state, university and public health officials,” according to the school’s release. 

Those attending games at Edwards Stadium this fall will have a ticketed seat and those tickets will be delivered digitally.

Transactions at the stadium, including concessions and merchandise purchases, will be cashless. Masks are required throughout BYU’s campus, including LaVell Edwards Stadium, in compliance with the university guidelines. 

More detailed information about those protocols will be given to those buying tickets to games. 

In a season that has forced the cancellation of 10 of BYU’s 12 games (against Utah, Michigan State, Arizona State, Minnesota, Utah State, Missouri, Northern Illinois, Boise State, San Diego State and Stanford) due to the pandemic, the Cougars have only two originally scheduled games remaining on their schedule. 

BYU currently has eight games on its 2020 slate, including five home games — against Troy (Sept. 26), UTSA (Oct. 10), Texas State (Oct. 24), Western Kentucky (Oct. 31) and North Alabama (Nov. 21) — and three road contests — against Navy (Sept. 7), Army (Sept. 19) and Houston (Oct. 16).