|Charlotte 49ers to host C-USA foe Western Kentucky Dec. 6|
|Game was rescheduled due to virus|
|Published Wednesday, December 2, 2020 5:00 pm|
|PHOTO | CHARLOTTE ATHLETICS|
|The Charlotte 49ers will play Western Kentucky Sunday in a rescheduled Conference USA game at Jerry Richardson Stadium.|
Conference USA announced today that the 49ers (2-3; Conference USA 2-1) will host Western Kentucky (4-6; 3-3 C-USA) on Dec. 6 at 12 p.m. Charlotte was set to host Florida International (0-5; 0-3 C-USA) on Dec. 5, but that game has been cancelled. Both games were moved multiple times, with the 49ers set to play the Panthers at home on Oct. 17, but FIU postponed due to COVID-19 concerns within its program.
Charlotte had to push their game against Western Kentucky from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1 due to COVID-19 issues within the 49ers’ program. Sunday’s game is contingent upon successful COVID-19 testing for both programs. The final weekend of regular season play is Dec. 10-12, and those games must be set by Dec. 6.
The conference championship is set for Dec. 18.
Capacity for Sunday is 1,072 people. Tickets will not be available for sale, but rather distributed to UNC Charlotte students, families of team members for both programs, as well as university guests.
Issues with the virus have kept the 49ers from playing since Oct. 31 at Duke. As the regular season winds down, they just want to get back on the field.
“We are fighting for their experience here,” 49ers coach Will Healy said prior to the schedule change announcement.
“From June-October, our football team experienced very few positive cases of COVID-19, but as the nation saw a rise in cases in November, we saw the same with our team, and that prompted a two-week pause in activity, which resulted in a significant reduction in positive cases, as it was intended,” Charlotte athletics director Mike Hill said. “However, when we returned from Thanksgiving, unfortunately we saw an increase again in cases, which has led us to where we are.”
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