BYU will play in an empty stadium again on Saturday, as restrictions for the Provo-Orem area have not been updated since the original announcement.
BYU Athletics today announced the UTSA-BYU football game on Saturday, Oct. 10, will be played without spectators at LaVell Edwards Stadium. The decision was based on the current moderate (orange) risk COVID-19 designation for Provo and an understanding there will not be a change in the risk designation this week.
With a continued effort to lower the case count in the community and current trends at BYU improving, the university hopes to have fans in the stadium on Oct. 24 versus Texas State.
BYU had originally planned to play in front of 6,000 fans starting with the home opener against Troy, but a rise in cases led to the game being played being closed doors.
The decision made sense originally, but controversy has since arisen since the announcement as events with large crowds were held in Utah County shortly after the announcement, including one attended by Governor Herbert with leaked photos showing that masks were not worn during the entire event. These photos, as well as a Nail Expo at the Utah County Convention Center sparked a response from BYU fans and frustrated citizens.
BYU had originally hoped to have as many as 24,000 fans in Lavell Edwards Stadium, considering each stand its own venue. That plan was denied by decision makers and the 6,000 was ultimately decided.
Many fans still have their tickets and are awaiting updates as to when they will be able to attend another game at LES.