USM football to host home opener during COVID-19 pandemic

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WHLT) – The University of Southern Mississippi and South Alabama football teams are competing in their first match-up amid the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday.

While the football field may be in action, limited restrictions still apply.

In accordance with Gov. Tate Reeves’ executive order, tailgating and outdoor social gatherings are prohibited. This includes all picnics, fanfare areas, Eagle Walk, Junior Eagle Funland, fan tunnels and more that supporters would experience on game day. 

The Rock will also operate with only 25% seating capacity. Additionally, supporters, who are unable to attend the game in-person, have the opportunity to watch virtually.

One family drove about 1,250 miles from Wisconsin and even with this not being the ultimate Southern Miss gameday experience, they still enjoyed their time.

“It’s absolutely great. It looks like a great facility, great people and great area…We’re looking forward to the first game, it’s going to be excellent” said Jim Habas from Wisconsin who is the uncle of USM linebacker Avery Habas.

Tailgaters can participate in Walk-On’s Tailgaters of the game. The winner will be announced during the game on the official Southern Miss Athletics social media accounts.

With only roughly 9,000 fans allowed at each game USM is giving you opportunities to virtually feel a part of game day with features like a t-shirt toss and birthday announcement. 

For information on how to virtually be apart of the games this season click the link https://southernmiss.com/news/2020/9/1/new-stadium-at-home-promotions-unveiled-for-football-season.aspx

To watch the game virtually, visit here.

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