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BREAKING: USF Athletics Announces No Fans at Home Games Indefinitely Due to Coronavirus Precautions

Wash your hands, and stay safe folks.

Anthony Vito / The Daily Stampede

Out of an abundance of caution, USF Athletics announced today that until further notice all home contests will be without fans due to the outbreak of Coronavirus across the nation, and world. Team, essential staff, and limited family attendance will be the only people allowed to watch the games.

From the release:

“After consulting with university leadership, I have made the decision that it is in the best interest for the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, fans and the community at large to conduct our athletic competitions for a period of time in the absence of fans,” Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly said. “We will continue to monitor closely the impacts of COVID-19 and consult public health resources as we assess the need for further adjustments moving forward.”

Beginning with Thursday’s softball game versus James Madison, all games will be without fans. USF head coach Jeff Scott canceled today’s scheduled spring practice, and will look to reschedule it for after spring break next week. USF is closely monitoring the rest of spring practice as well as the spring game on April 18th.

Fans who have purchased tickets for the games affected by the decision, will be getting a full refund for the games missed directly by the USF ticket office. The refund will be returned to original form of payment.

USF will begin to transition to fully remote classes beginning on March 23, the Monday after Spring Break, and will continue until at minimum April 5.