Southwestern University Revises Spectator Policy for Home Games
March 18, 2021
March 18, 2021
The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC), including Southwestern University, announced today that all universities in the conference may create and facilitate their own spectator policies for athletic events specific to their ability to safely accommodate visitors on their campus in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. This adjusted policy will go into effect for all Southwestern University SCAC athletics events beginning on Friday, March 26.
Southwestern participates in two athletics conferences, the SCAC and the American Southwest Conference. Separately, President Trombley announced that the University’s new limited spectator policy will apply for its football team, effective tomorrow, March 21, 2021.
Following the SCAC’s decision, President Trombley, in consultation with Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Glenn Schwab, announced that effective immediately, Southwestern student-athletes will be allowed to place up to four names on the team’s pass list for each home game. Only spectators on the pass list will be granted entrance to an event.
“Southwestern’s student-athletes have been hard hit by the pandemic. Their seasons were canceled, then condensed, they have been undergoing rigorous COVID-19 testing in order to compete, and they have had to play without hearing the cheers of Pirate fans,” said President Trombley. “I am so glad and eager to take these steps back to normalcy by allowing limited spectators at all of our regular conference home games and matches.”
Spectators who receive passes to Southwestern athletic events will be asked to enter the campus at specific entrances, sit in designated areas, follow campus masking and distancing protocols, and to not gather in large groups before coming to campus or Birkelbach Field.
“The entire Southwestern community has done a tremendous job in supporting one another and adhering to our COVID-19 protocols. As a result, the number of positive cases on our campus has stayed very low. We will remain vigilant in our health protocols through the end of this semester and ask any spectator visiting our campus to respect the commitment our students, faculty, and staff have made to keep everyone safe over the last year,” President Trombley said.
President Trombley concluded, “We are hopeful that athletics schedules, health protocols, and spectator policies will return to normal for the fall semester.”