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UT-Austin requiring student football ticket holders to test negative for COVID-19 before game

Chron logo Chron 9/10/2020 Abigail Rosenthal
a group of baseball players standing on top of a grass covered field: Texas defensive back D'Shawn Jamison (5) celebrates an interception against West Virginia during an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, in Morgantown, W.Va. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP) © Nick Wagner, Associated Press Texas defensive back D'Shawn Jamison (5) celebrates an interception against West Virginia during an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, in Morgantown, W.Va. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Students attending the first football game at the University of Texas at Austin will need something besides a ticket to get in: A negative COVID-19 test.

Texas Athletics announced that all student season ticket holders must take a complimentary rapid coronavirus test Friday to claim a ticket for the Sept. 12 game against the University of Texas at El Paso Miners.

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UT-Austin is currently hosting football games at 25 percent capacity in the stands, which has been a point of controversy since announced, especially as new clusters of COVID-19 cases occur in student-populated areas. The university has reported 792 coronavirus cases among students, faculty and staff since March 1.

Rice University football has canceled its games through September. The University of Houston's TDECU Stadium will operate at 25% capacity this season. The first game in Houston against the University of North Texas will be held Sept. 26.

Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Wednesday that limited in-person events can start in Houston, including a Houston Texans tailgate and Houston Dynamo and Dash games at BBVA Stadium.

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