Western Kentucky’s first home game is September 19 vs. Liberty, and according to guidelines approved by the Governor, the Hilltoppers are planning for 20% capacity at Houchens-Smith Stadium. Less than 5,000 fans will be allowed in, with a minimum of 1,000 seats reserved for WKU students.
“We are excited to have football returning to The Hill in the coming weeks, and we will move forward in a safe and cautious manner,” Director of Athletics Todd Stewart said. “Gameday will not look the same as it has in years past and attendees will need to adhere to the mitigation policies that have been implemented. We appreciate the Governor’s office working with us to allow a 20 percent capacity, and we are hopeful that can increase as the season progresses.
“We are committed to being as flexible as possible to ensure our fans have a comparable season ticket location to prior years. It will take everyone’s cooperation to make gameday the best experience it can be, and we greatly value your patience and support.”
All seats will be reassigned to create social distance throughout the stadium. Masks and temperature checks will be required for entry and must be worn at all times within the stadium. Tickets will be assigned using WKU’s Hilltopper Athletic Foundation priority ranking and fans who choose to opt out of their tickets for 2020 can move their ticket credit to 2021, convert the total to a tax-deductible gift to the HAF, or request a refund. At this time, no single-game tickets will be available this season. General public tailgating is discouraged and no tents or grills will be allowed on campus on game day.
The Hilltoppers open the season at Louisville at 7 p.m. CT Sept. 12 on ACC Network. Their home opener vs. Liberty at 11 a.m. Sept. 19 and will air on ESPNU.