MOORHEAD — Minnesota State Moorhead won’t allow spectators at home sports events through the end of January due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the school announced Wednesday, Jan. 13.
The Dragons started their winter sports season in early January and have yet to allow fans at home events. The decision to continue with no fans was based off guidance from the Minnesota State University Colleges and Universities for in-person activities.
MSUM athletic director Doug Peters has mixed emotions on not having fans at home athletic events.
"Our goal is to play as much as we possibly can and the more people we have in the facility increases risk," Peters said. "At the same time, I want to have fans there."
The Dragons men’s basketball team hosts Bemidji State on Friday and Saturday at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse, continuing the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule. MSUM has already played two weekends of home basketball games, two men's games and two women's games, heading into the upcoming weekend.
In late December, the Dragons announced they would have no fans at home events through the first two weekends of home events, and that has been extended through at least the end of the month.
Peters said students returned to the MSUM campus Monday for the start of the second semester. A higher percentage of classes are set to be in person compared to the first semester.
“I think it was wise to evaluate what’s happening on our campuses as we bring students back,” Peters said.
All home MSUM sporting events will be streamed live, while Dragons home basketball games will be broadcast on WDAY Xtra in addition to livestreaming. The livestreams can be found on multiple Dragons digital platforms and the NSIC Network.