Fort Lewis College to welcome limited outdoor sports fans again – The Durango Herald



First chance for the weekend softball series to support the Skyhawks in person in 2021

Up to 175 fans will be able to attend Fort Lewis College football games when the season begins in March. However, fans will be required to wear masks and remain socially aloof, and high-fives with players will not be allowed.

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Fans have been allowed to return to outdoor sporting events in La Plata County.

Fort Lewis College has announced that it will once again welcome limited fan participation starting this week’s home softball series with Colorado Christian University. This will be the first time in the 2020-21 school year, which has been altered by the COVID-19 pandemic, that Skyhawks fans will be able to attend home games.

The FLC is also expected to start the men’s and women’s football seasons in March after these traditional fall seasons have been postponed. Fort Lewis College will also play three football games in the spring, including a home game on April 17 against Western Colorado. Women’s lacrosse is also two weeks away from the start of its season.

Volleyball has started its postponed spring season, but FLC still does not allow fans to attend indoor events at this time.

“We are delighted to finally welcome fans to our home outdoor competitions and provide our student-athletes with a normal college experience,” FLC Director of Athletics Brandon Leimbach said in a press release. “Together with our local health authority (San Juan Basin Public Health), we are confident about transmission rates outdoors due to the constantly moving fresh air, dispersal of respiratory droplets and less susceptible people. breathe in enough respiratory droplets containing the virus that causes COVID-19 infection. That said, it is important that spectators, players and coaches maintain a social distance. Wear a mask, use hand sanitizer, and make sure you have enough social distance – at least 6 feet – between yourself and other spectators, whether you are standing, sitting in chairs, or sharing bleachers. “

FLC softball (0-4) will host Colorado Christian for four games, with action starting Saturday at noon and Sunday at 11 a.m. at Aspen Field.

Below the yellow level on the state’s COVID-19 dial, La Plata County is allowed up to 175 people at outdoor events.

Tickets for FLC matches will be general admission and sold on a first come, first served basis. For the first time, FLC will offer an online payment option to fans to secure tickets, while drop-in ticket sales will be available while supplies last.

Elsewhere, Durango High School began allowing family members to attend sporting events, including indoor games. Each player in uniform for a college competition is entitled to two tickets each, but no more than 24 fans are allowed for indoor matches.

Durango School District 9-R athletic director Ryan Knorr said upcoming Season C sports will get at least the same allowance, though he anticipates outdoor sports will be allowed to have more. of fans.

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