Wake Forest has officially announced that the 2020 football season opener against #1 Clemson on September 12th will be played without fans.
In accordance with guidance from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, @WakeForest will not be able to host fans for its upcoming home contests including the football season opener on Sept. 12 vs. No. 1 Clemson.— Wake Forest Sports (@DemonDeacons) September 1, 2020
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This does not come as a surprise, as fellow North Carolina ACC programs Duke, UNC, and NC State have all already announced that they would be playing at least through September without any fans in attendance.
According to the announcement, this decision also impacts men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, and volleyball through the month of September. It also states that there will be no tailgating permitted in the parking lots around Truist Field on game day.
With the Notre Dame game still set to take place in Charlotte, the Clemson game is Wake’s only home game in Winston-Salem for the month of September. That means there is a chance that fans will be allowed in the stadium when the Deacs take on Campbell on October 9th, but that will of course depend on the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the Covid-19 trends at the time.
Here’s hoping things look better in October.