VCU adjusts crowd size for basketball games to 250

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — VCU has adjusted its maximum crowd size at the Siegel Center to 250 fans, the athletic department announced on Tuesday.
The move was made “in accordance with new COVID-19 safety guidance from the Commonwealth of Virginia”, according to a press release.


VCU will reserve around 175 seats for season ticket holders, who will be contacted by Wednesday, the release said.

The other seats will go to students.
“We won’t have court-side seating like we normally have and we won’t have folks in suites like we normally have,” VCU athletic director Ed McLaughlin said.  “Everyone else will be spaced out in small groups based on their ticket allotments. We will have a ring around the court between the fans and the players that’s far enough away, four or five rows, so the student-athletes and the folks on the floor won’t come in contact with the folks in the stands.”

VCU said the crowd size could be adjusted if state officials alter their guidelines.
Last week, the capacity had been capped at 1,000.

For those who can’t attend, McLaughlin said there will be plenty of options.
“We will be doing some virtual things,” McLaughlin said. “We’ll be getting some information out to folks reasonably soon here, within the new few days, of how they can still be involved with us and still watch our games, how they can still be involved as a fan. 
“Most folks won’t be able to be in the arena to watch the games, so we try to remind folks of that and find other ways for people to be interactive in ways they haven’t been before, like having Zooms with members of the coaching staff. That way, we can keep people sort of engaged with where we are and give them a little inside basketball.”

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