The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:
Iowa State will allow about 25,000 football fans into Jack Trice Stadium for the Cyclones’ opener against Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 12.
Athletic director Jamie Pollard wrote in a letter to fans on Monday that the crowd will be made up of season ticket holders only. Fans will be required to wear face coverings at all times and no tailgating will be allowed. Pollard asks that fans respect others’ wishes for physical distancing.
“An important factor in the decision to allow fans is our belief that Cyclone fans are willing to adhere to our mitigation measures,” Pollard wrote. “The purpose of this letter is to ask for your support in helping create a safe environment while also providing our team an impactful home field advantage. This is an incredible opportunity for Iowa State University to showcase its ability to successfully navigate the challenges associated with large outdoor events during a pandemic.”
Pollard said if mitigation actions are successful, Iowa State will allow season ticket holders to attend the game against Oklahoma on Oct. 3. He said if it’s determined mitigation measures were not followed adequately at the first game, no fans will be allowed the rest of the season.
North Carolina State says its women’s soccer team won't play this fall.
In a statement Monday, the school said the decision was due to a “depleted roster, the combination of injuries and not all members of its roster returning to Raleigh this semester.” It said N.C. State has notified the Atlantic Coast Conference of its decision.
Players will continue to train with a focus on playing in 2021, or for spring competition if that becomes an option.
Champions League quarterfinalist Atalanta says three of its players have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Serie A team says in a brief statement that all three players are asymptomatic after the preseason tests and have been isolated.
Reserve goalkeeper Marco Sportiello was the only Atalanta player who tested positive during the lockdown earlier this year.
The Italian league starts Sept. 19.
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