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Indiana, Butler to limit fan capacity for home basketball games

Posted at 7:47 PM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 19:47:51-05

Fan attendance for home basketball games for both Indiana University and Butler University will be limited for the 2020-21 season, officials at both universities have announced.

Officials at Purdue University said no final decisions have been made about fan capacity at Purdue games this season as they are still working through final logistics.

Indiana University announced Tuesday that both men's and women's basketball games at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall will proceed without fans indefinitely. The decision is in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and is consistent with what has happened on all Big Ten campuses during the 2020 football season.

IU Athletics said that the university will work with local and state health officials, the Big Ten, and campus leadership to determine if and when fans will be permitted to attend games during the 2020-21 season.

At Butler University, officials announced that the Marion County Public Health Department has approved a plan for fan capacity of 25 percent for Butler games at Hinkle Fieldhouse beginning with the men's basketball home opener on Nov. 25.

The reduced capacity supports physical distancing. In addition, additional safety protocols include the requirement of face coverings, temperature checks, utilizing specific entrances and exits to limit congestion and changes to the hospitality and concession procedures.