Only 757 fans were allowed inside Kelly/Shorts Stadium on the campus of Central Michigan University for Ohio and CMU’s season opener (PHOTO: Bryan Kurp/WOUB)

Ohio, Central Michigan play in front of limited crowd due to COVID-19 guidelines

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MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — When the Mid-American Conference announced that its season would return, there would be no attendance from the general public.  However, some of the groups that were allowed to attend games were families of the players as well as Central Michigan’s band, as long as social distancing guidelines were followed.

Because of that, Kelly/Shorts Stadium, which has the largest seating capacity in the MAC of 30,255, was limited to a total of only 757 fans on Wednesday night.

Because of that, crowd noise was not really a factor.  That did not change the intensity of having MACtion back.

“There’s a difference in that you don’t have the crowd noise but the competitiveness of both teams was apparent,” Ohio head coach Frank Solich said.   “You start to drown out everything around you when you’re trying to perform at a high level and so it doesn’t matter how many people are in the stands.”

It is unclear at this time whether Ohio will allow parents or the Marching 110 at the Bobcats’ game on Tuesday at Peden Stadium.