Sun Belt conference announces Labor Day weekend for start of football season

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JONESBORO, Ark. – Arkansas State football will suit up starting Labor Day weekend after a season start date was revealed.

The Sun Belt Conference announced today that its football season will begin over Labor Day weekend.

The official statement given by the Sun Belt conference is below:
 
“Sun Belt member institutions have focused since June on a safe return to athletic activities. We believe this timetable will allow for the healthy integration of the entire campus community for each Sun Belt member.
 
The 2020 Sun Belt Conference football season will be comprised of an 8-conference game schedule with an option for each member to add as many as four non-conference opponents, beginning with Week Zero. The Sun Belt will host a football championship game on December 5 between the East Division and West Division champions. If necessary, the date of the championship game may be adjusted.
 
The Sun Belt Conference will continue to monitor health trends across our communities. Sun Belt Presidents and Chancellors, Athletics Directors, the COVID-19 Advisory Panel, and medical advisors will continue to review data to ensure a safe return to activities and competition. Our data review will cross seven states and 12 counties and include, among other things, infection rates, hospitalization rates, local health directives, advancements in COVID-19 testing and campus, department and team health trends. 
 
We will continue to provide updates on the league’s activities as the impact of the pandemic continues to evolve.”

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