UTEP Has Two Home Games Coming Up – Will There Be Fans In The Stands?
Earlier this month, UTEP had to cancel their football game Southern Miss after the Golden Eagles had an increase in COVID-19 cases. According to officials with both universities, they will try to reschedule the game for a later date in the season. Per our sister station 600 ESPN, "C-USA pushed back its championship game two weeks to Dec. 18 to allow for makeup weeks. The Miners could pick up the Golden Eagles in early December as a possible make-up date."
On Saturday, UTEP played on the road against the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. They lost 38 - 28 and didn't play badly, but they are going to play four of their last six games of the season at home in Sun Bowl stadium. If the COVID-19 outbreak had not cancelled the game against Southern Miss, they would have had fans in the stands. UTEP says that they follow rules about COVID-19 safety but given the terrifying spike in numbers that we are experiencing, are fans in the stands at the Sun Bowl really a good idea?
El Paso City County health officials released Saturday's numbers and they are staggering. A record breaking 1,216 new cases are being reported. It begs the question, should UTEP cancel plans for fans in the stands? Is it really smart to have any gatherings no matter that it will be outside and limited to a smaller number of people?
UTEP President Heather Wilson will be broadcasting her 2020 State of the University Radio Address on Tuesday, October 27. Will she address the COVID-19 situation and football fans, or will they allow fans in the stands and just hope for the best?
UTEP should take a stand for the safety of the community and have the games but not allow fans in the stands at the Sun Bowl.