Western Michigan football's Week 1 game scheduled for Friday, Sept. 4 at Waldo Stadium will now be played against Stony Brook instead of Colgate.
The cause for the Broncos having to find a new opponent for its season opener is due to the Patriot League's 2020 guiding principles amid the coronavirus pandemic. One of those principles includes the prohibition of teams in the conference flying to competitions, which would have created a nine hour bus ride for Colgate from its campus, located in Hamilton, New York.
The Patriot League is also only allowing overnight travel for regular season competition in "rare exceptions."
"We are looking forward to opening the 2020 season with Stony Brook," head coach Tim Lester said in a press release. "We know coronavirus has changed, and will keep changing, how we operate this season. We will continue to operate with an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our student-athletes, staff members, fans and WMU community."
The Sept. 4 matchup will be the first-ever meeting between WMU and Stony Brook.
Western Michigan's attendance, seating and tailgating policies for the 2020 season are still undetermined.