West Texas A&M University Athletics has announced new guidelines and protocols for the upcoming football season.
"We have been diligently planning for the start of football season and the opportunity to welcome fans back to Buffalo Stadium," said Michael McBroom, Director of Athletics. "Our number one priority is to be able to play games in a safe environment for our student-athletes, our coaches and our fans. We respectfully ask everyone to abide by our new protocols. Let's unite in coming to the games with a spirit of supporting both teams and their coaches, the athletic trainers and the support staff who have worked so hard to make a 2020 season possible."
2020 Schedule and Prospect of Additions/Changes
Presently, the Buffs are scheduled to play seven games this season with four in the friendly confines of Buffalo Stadium. The 2020 season opener will be Saturday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. as the Buffs welcome Oklahoma Panhandle State.
As a preview, Buffalo Stadium will be open to the public this Saturday evening, Sept. 12, as the team hosts a Maroon & White scrimmage at 7 p.m. The event is free and the concession and merchandise stands will be open.
Game times and opponents are subject to change and we anticipate modifications to the schedule as the season progresses.
Reduced Capacity, Social Distancing and Face Covering Protocols
Capacity for all events at Buffalo Stadium this fall will be capped at 50% of permanent seating to allow for social distancing among attendees. A total of 4,250 seats will be available for the first home game.
Fans will be asked to social distance responsibly throughout the stadium. Face coverings are required of all attendees over the age of 10, and hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the stadium.
We respectfully request that if you are feeling ill, please do not attend the game.
Families and small groups of friends may sit together. We ask that as your small group finds a place inside the stadium to watch the game, be respectful of those around you and maintain proper social distancing.
Proper social distancing guidelines are as follows:
Do not sit directly in front of or behind another group of fans. There should be empty seats in front of you and behind you when you determine your seating location.
There should be three seats next to your group on both sides, or three seats on one side and an aisle on the other, to allow for distancing between families and groups on the same row.
Access to the field itself will be limited to players, coaches, officials, essential staff and limited media with prior clearance only – no exceptions.
The ticket booths at the stadium will be closed on game days. All single-game tickets must be purchased in advance through the online ticket portal at GoBuffsGo.com. All tickets will be digital (show your mobile device at the gate) or print-at-home.
Student Tickets. Current full-time enrolled students will receive first priority for tickets each game. Via My Buff Portal, students will claim a free digital ticket for entry into Buffalo Stadium on game day. For the first game on September 19 students can begin claiming tickets on September 10 and will have priority through midnight, September 14. Students who claim their free ticket may sit in any general admission area.
Public Sales. Following the student ticket distribution, any remaining single-game general admission tickets will go on sale to the public at noon on Tuesday of game week via GoBuffsGo.com. For the first game on September 19 tickets will go on sale at noon, Tuesday, September 15. All general admission tickets will be $10.
Premium Seating & Season Tickets
Due to the possibility of game cancellations and/or delays due to COVID-19, season tickets will not be sold in 2020 and premium tickets will be sold on a per game basis only. Season ticket holders from the 2019 season will be contacted by the ticket office beginning on September 8 to discuss options for this year. Premium areas are defined as Buffalo Stadium Private Suites, The Fairly Group Club, Concourse Loge Boxes and upper west reserved chair seats.
Specific seats will not be assigned in The Fairly Group Club or the upper west reserved chair seats. Ticketholders for these areas may choose seats on a first-come, first-serve basis and are asked to social distance responsibly. The Fairly Group Club amenities will be accessible from all sections on the upper west side in a come-and-go fashion. Occupancy inside the club will be limited to 200 at any one time and will be closely monitored.
Parking & Golf Cart Assistance
Parking credentials will be issued for the parking lot at Jarrett Hall only. All other parking lots on campus will be open on game day. Students with vehicles in the Jarrett Hall lot will be required to relocate their vehicle to any other parking lot on campus prior to 10 pm on the Fridays preceding game days.
Handicapped parking is designated and available in each permanent parking lot on campus.
For the general public attending the game, parking is open across campus with the exception of Jarrett Hall. The most convenient lots will be the east and west lots of the Activities Center, the north lot of Buffalo Sports Park and lots located at the Fine Arts Complex, The Box and the Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences.
Due to COVID-19 sanitation requirements, golf cart assistance will not be available on game day during the 2020 season.
Tailgating & Concessions
Tailgating activities are suspended for the first home game, Sept. 19. WT will continue to monitor COVID-19 and incorporate guidelines from the state as the season progresses. Should circumstances change, tailgating will be re-considered for subsequent games during the 2020 season.