LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The Liberty Flames held their first football game of the season on Saturday, marking the first time in two years that they were able to fill their stadium and allow full capacity.
Fans packed the stands on Saturday, Sept. 4, despite the university recently reporting a large number of coronavirus cases.
In addition, Liberty is still under a campus-wide quarantine — which includes switching to online learning and suspending large indoor gatherings — until Friday, Sept. 10, but the university previously said that outdoor events would still go on as scheduled.
However, thousands of fans still lined up to see the Liberty Flames season opener against Campbell University on Saturday.
“We’re here to celebrate Liberty and to cheer on the Flames, and we’re so excited,” said Meghan Voogd, Liberty University alumna.
“We’ve been practicing safe distancing and stuff, but just being outside, but we feel pretty good just excited to be out and doing things again,” said Tyler Voogd, a Flames fan.
Last week, Liberty University reported their quarantine annex was full due to a large number of COVID-19 cases.
According to the university’s dashboard, there are 430 active student coronavirus cases and 58 active cases among faculty and staff as of Wednesday, Sept. 1. However, that didn’t stop folks from celebrating game number one.
Freshman Lauren Harder says she hopes this is one of many large on-campus gatherings.
“It feels amazing just to be with everybody, and all the friends I made so far is insane since the two weeks I’ve been here. I can already hear the music, and I’m excited to cheer on my team,” expressed Harder.
Liberty defeated Campbell on Saturday 48-7.
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