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Golden Eagles play in one of season’s first games

Published: Sep. 3, 2020 at 12:19 PM CDT
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WTOK) - Attending a football game is something that some Southern Miss fans weren’t sure they would get the chance to do this year.

“It’s just - ready to do something, a sporting event. We didn’t get to watch baseball. We get to do this; I just love it,” said USM Alumnus Billy Duckworth.

COVID concerns prompted the governor to require fans to wear face coverings and social distance at the stadium. There’s also a tailgating ban in effect.

“Of course, we’d love to be tailgating. We’d love to be having some sense of normalcy and just a football season that we are accustomed to,” said USM employee Alden Bennett.

We spoke with a band member who says even the band will be social distancing this season. She also says Thursday’s field show is pre-recorded.

“The band is still going to be in attendance at the games. It’s just going to be us further apart. We’re going to take up most of the student section this year,” said student Aji Touray.

But this season’s changes haven’t taken the game day excitement away from Golden Eagle Fans.

“I’m just glad that we still get to have a season even though the things that are going on,” said student Kate Mills.

Mississippi football stadiums including M.M. Roberts Stadium are limited to a 25% capacity.

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