September 30, 2020

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota State University athletic department officials said Tuesday they are limiting attendance at the team’s only fall game to family members of players, reversing an earlier decision to allow fans during the coronavirus pandemic.

The school was planning for about 8,000 spectators at Saturday’s game against Central Arkansas at the 19,000-seat Fargodome. The school said in a release the change was made “in the best interest of health and safety for the participating student-athletes, coaches and fans.”

There have been nearly 678 new virus cases per 100,000 people in North Dakota over the past two weeks, which ranks first in the country for new cases per capita, according to The COVID Tracking Project.

The Bison have four home games scheduled in the spring. School officials said they are committed to having spectators at those games, if it can be done safely.