CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming will likely keep its football stadium at quarter capacity for this upcoming season, with a chance that capacity could go as far down as one-fifths, the school’s athletic director told faculty Monday.
“There is no way we’re going to put 30,000 people in there for any event this year,” University of Wyoming Athletic Director Tom Burman said during a town hall, according to the Casper Star-Tribune.
The athletic department is still working with health officials to parse out specific details, but Burman said the War Memorial Stadium’s capacity will be “roughly in the neighborhood of 20 to 35%.”
That would mean some 5,800 to 10,000 people will be allowed to attend each college football game at the venue. The regular capacity of the stadium is close to 29,000 people.
Burman said student seating would be cut to roughly one-third of its original size. He also said tailgating would be significantly reduced and that entrances and concessions will be more tightly controlled.
There were 2,364 confirmed cases and 484 probable cases of the coronavirus in the state Monday.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.