The University of Buffalo football team is still set to host its next match, even after New York State announced Wednesday that parts of Erie County have been designated orange districts.
Much of Buffalo and the surrounding suburbs, including the North Campus and UB Stadium, are included in the designation Orange District. Designating the orange zone means that the country is imposing stricter restrictions on businesses, schools and local gatherings as a way to curb the spread of Covid-19.
UB (Mid-America Conference 3-0) is scheduled to host Kent State (3-0) at noon on November 28 at UB Stadium. A UB spokesperson told The News that since UB has already gained New York State approval to play football, it will continue to play and play the games as scheduled while adhering to health guidelines set by the university, the Mid-American Conference and the NCAA.
UB also secured a pass to participate in the MAC Cross-Country Championship on Saturday in Bowling Green, Ohio.
UB also does not allow spectators to play its home football and basketball matches this season.
The University of Buffalo men’s and women’s basketball teams are due to open the season later this month, but the university is still seeking state approval to start playing basketball matches.
UB Men are set to open the season November 25 at the Alumni Arena against Gannon, and the women’s basketball team announced Wednesday that the season is set to open on November 30 in James Madison. The Bulls were originally scheduled to open the season on November 29 against Niagara, but UB confirmed the game was canceled.