LEWISTON - To help limit coronavirus exposure for its student-athletes so they can compete, Lewis-Clark State College officials have announced that no fans will be allowed at home games in the LC State Activity Center to start the 2020-21 men's and women's basketball seasons.
"These are unprecedented times and we must take these types of unprecedented steps to protect our student-athletes and our community," LC State athletic director Brooke Henze said. "We look forward to bringing our loyal fans back to LC State, and the most up to date information will be posted on our website. The best way to support LC State athletics is to watch the Warriors play via our live stream on lcwarriors.com."
LC State has not participated in any athletic competition since March because of COVID-19, which shut down the NAIA national basketball tournament and all spring sports. The NAIA announced earlier this year that its fall sports would be moved to the winter and spring.
LC State is one of the few schools in the Pacific Northwest that is holding in-person classes, and the college follows strict COVID-19 protocols that include the requirement of wearing a face covering in all campus buildings and outside when social distancing guidelines cannot be followed. The college also follows guidelines set by Idaho Public Health for keeping classes open.
LC State joined the Cascade Collegiate Conference this year, which includes several schools from Washington and Oregon, which have more pandemic restrictions in place. In order for those teams to travel to Lewiston and to protect its student athletes and give them the best shot at completing the entire basketball seasons, LC made the decision to go without fans to start the seasons. LC officials will continue to monitor the local COVID-19 numbers, which have increased in the past few weeks.
All home basketball games this season can be viewed on the LC State athletics streaming platform. Games airing on the Warrior Sports Network will be available for purchase on a day-by-day or season basis. Individual days (women's basketball game followed by a men's basketball game) and season passes can be purchased on the Warrior Sports Network page through Sidearm Sports. A day pass is $9.95, and a season pass is $60.