Press Release: Owls Meeting with UTSA to be Played Without Fans, 11/2/2020

I cannot believe that Rice University is taking this approach. How can their alumni association stand still for this? I have worked crowd control at all 3 Texas A&M football home games. People from absolutely all over the state are pouring into College Station on game day. Talk about a Kyle Field bowl of COVID soup. I am here and still kicking. University of Houston is playing games with fans. Who would imagine that Houston’s prestigious Rice Owls are actually a bunch of “chicken livers”? Not even owl livers?

Rice University announced on Monday there will be no ticket distribution to the public for the Owls’ football game with UTSA at Rice Stadium on Nov. 7. The only exception will be limited to a limited number of direct family members of competing student-athletes.  

The decision to play the game without fans in attendance was made in response to rising rates of COVID-19 infection in the Houston area and aligns with the university’s mitigation protocols during the pandemic.  Rice’s mitigation protocols have allowed the school to maintain a low rate of positive tests for the virus while offering in-person instruction for many of its classes during the fall semester. 

“Coming off a big win last Saturday, we had hoped that our fans would be able to join us in person at Rice Stadium this Saturday,” said Rice Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaard. “However, we have seen continual reminders of the persistence of this virus and the safety of our students will always come first. We will continue to work with the Rice Crisis Management Team on the possibility of having fans in the stands before the season ends.”

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