It is unlikely Saturday’s scheduled football game between Hawaii and San Jose State will be moved from the Bay Area to Aloha Stadium.
The two Mountain West Conference teams were scheduled to play at CEFCU Stadium in San Jose. But that plan will be altered because of new coronavirus-based quarantine rules that were imposed for Santa Clara County today. Health officials are prohibiting contact-sport activities in practices and games for the next three weeks in the Bay Area county. The order also calls for incoming travelers from at least 150 miles outside the county to quarantine for 14 days.
“As far as whether or not we would play the game in Hawaii, at this point, we are not looking at that option,” SJSU athletic director Marie Tuite said a Zoom call with reporters today.
One option is to move the game to Humboldt State’s Arcata, Calif., campus, which is 323 miles from San Jose. The Spartans conducted pre-season training at Humboldt State. The Spartans also could set up headquarters there for the following weeks. By leaving Santa Clara County’s 150-mile radius, the Spartans would be subject to a 14-day quarantine upon their return.
Tuite said she hopes decisions on practices and the game will be made “in the next couple days.”
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