By Ray Hamill — Humboldt State has assured local residents that any safety concerns surrounding the San Jose State football team’s visit to the area will be minimal.
The Spartans brought 135 players, coaches and staff to the HSU campus on Friday to begin training camp ahead of their Mountain West Conference opener later this month.
With the Spartans unable to practice on their own campus because of stricter COVID-19 restrictions in Santa Clara County, the two Cal State universities reached an agreement on Wednesday to allow the Division-I program to use the HSU facilities.
The visitors, however, will have minimal contact with anyone in the county.
HSU said in a press release that “The Spartans will live and practice on campus, all while essentially maintaining a bubble to prevent contact between the team, the campus, and the local community.”
All 135 visitors were tested before traveling to the area, and will be tested regularly while on the HSU campus.
The press release further read, “The team and coaches are highly focused on not taking risks that could impact their ability to compete in a game or even lose an entire season. For some players, it could mean losing an opportunity at a professional career.”
The Spartans will be housed in the HSU dorms that are unused this semester and away from any HSU students currently living on campus, and they will dine in the residence hall to further limit interaction with HSU students, faculty, and staff.
“SJSU has a strong commitment to these protocols, as any non-adherence could affect their ability to continue their season,” the press release said.
The Spartans are scheduled to open the season at home to Air Force on October 24, a game that could conceivably take place at the Redwood Bowl.