COVID delays start of Lady Raiders season, means no fans at games through December

Nov 23, 2020 at 09:42 am by Voice Wire

MTSU Murphy Center
MTSU Murphy Center

Middle Tennessee's season opener against No. 5-ranked Louisville has been postponed due to positive COVID-19 test results and contact tracing within the Lady Raider bubble, Director of Athletics Chris Massaro has announced.

The Lady Raiders' home contest against Vanderbilt, scheduled for Nov. 29, also has been postponed, Massaro said.

The Lady Raiders began regular testing earlier in November in preparation for the season. All test results had been negative but there were two positive results last Friday.

No makeup dates for the Louisville or Vanderbilt games have been announced.

Fans not allowed first two weeks of basketball season

Middle Tennessee announced Saturday that fans will not attend games at Murphy Center for the first two weeks of the men's and women's basketball season.

The university made the decision out of concern about the recent spike in COVID-19 active cases in Rutherford and surrounding counties, as well as guidance from public health officials who have recently cautioned against large, indoor gatherings.

"We realize our fans will be extremely disappointed in this decision, but we ask for their continued cooperation as we make unpleasant adjustments due to the pandemic," said Director of Athletics Chris Massaro. "Our No. 1 concern is the health and safety of our student athletes and the entire MTSU community. We eagerly await the University and health professionals decision to allow fans back in the Murphy Center."

Only team members, coaches, essential staff, family members of coaches and players and media will be in attendance for games from Nov. 25 to Dec. 9.

MTSU will announce after Dec. 9 whether to resume fan attendance for its men's game on Dec. 12.

Because of the uncertainty of how many games will actually be missed, decisions regarding potential refunds will be announced at a later date.

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