Longhorns Athletics Director plans for 100% capacity at 2021 Texas football games

Longhorns Athletics Director plans for 100% capacity at 2021 Texas football games

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas Longhorns Athletics Director Chris Del Conte is often very accessible via his Twitter account. Generally, like on Tuesday, he affords perception into his huge plans which may be developing forward.

On Tuesday, Twitter person Ryan Sheiner requested Del Conte if the College of Texas “was planning on having 100% capability for soccer within the Fall” with the belief “majority of the nation is vaccinated by the top of the Summer season.”

Del Conte mentioned in response — “That’s our plan.”

That’s an optimistic assertion from the person in control of Longhorns athletics with the season greater than 190 days away. Nonetheless, this isn’t the primary time UT has introduced its intentions to host soccer video games at full capability in 2021.

Texas put soccer season ticket deposits on sale three weeks in the past and posted its plans in the FAQs section of its website.

“Texas Athletics is at the moment planning for attendance at 2021 dwelling video games to be at 100% seating capability. We are going to proceed to observe native COVID-19 well being and security circumstances in coordination with NCAA, Huge 12, College, state, and native medical companions,” the web site reads. 

Regardless of concerns from Austin’s health leaders, Texas Athletics allowed followers to attend 2020 dwelling soccer video games. UT has additionally allowed a limited amount of fans to attend basketball games, as nicely.

In 2020, Texas Soccer restricted capability to 25%, which was about 25,000 individuals at Darrell Ok Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium. Texas didn’t maintain the same old, large-scale pre or postgame occasions, like Bevo Boulevard or Longhorn Metropolis Limits, to stop congregating. UT additionally reorganized seating, permitting for social distancing throughout the stadium, required masks for entry and tested students.

UT Austin is ruled by the state of Texas moderately than the Metropolis of Austin and took its directives from Gov. Greg Abbott and state well being leaders. In the summertime, Abbott introduced skilled and collegiate organizations were allowed to operate outdoor stadiums with 50% capacity so long as they submitted a plan and acquired approval from the state.

In his most recent Forty Acres Insider newsletter, Del Conte invited followers to attend the Longhorns spring soccer sport — tentatively set for April 24.

“Our spring soccer season will begin a bit of later this 12 months, kicking off with the primary follow on March 23, and we’ll get you all the main points on that and the Spring Sport very quickly. We’re Saturday, April 24 for the Spring Sport and also you’ll undoubtedly wish to plan to be in Austin for that one!” Del Conte wrote in his weekly publication on the UT Athletics web site.

On Sunday, infectious illness skilled Dr. Anthony Fauci informed CNN’s Dana Bash the U.S. will see a level of “normality…as we get into the autumn and winter by the top of the 12 months.”

Texas Athletics is planning for soccer sport attendance to return to regular in 2021, as nicely.

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