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Arizona Athletics to follow campus COVID-19 guidelines for sporting events

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There will be no capacity limits at Arizona Wildcats sporting events this season, but fans will still have to abide by the UA’s campus-wide COVID-19 guidelines, athletic director Dave Heeke said Wednesday.

Those are always subject to change as local case numbers change, but right now that means masks will be required for indoor events—such as basketball or volleyball games in McKale Center—when maintaining physical distance is not possible. Same goes for indoor spaces at outdoor events, like the press box at Arizona Stadium.

Fans will not be required to be vaccinated. A state-wide mandate has banned Arizona’s public universities from requiring students and employees to be vaccinated.

Arizona’s first home events are on Friday, Aug. 27 when soccer and volleyball host NAU and Marist, respectively. Arizona’s first home football game is on Sept. 11 when San Diego State visits Arizona Stadium.

Vaccination not required at Arizona-BYU in Las Vegas, either

The Las Vegas Raiders announced Tuesday that only fully vaccinated fans will be allowed to attend their home games at Allegiant Stadium this season, but Heeke said that policy does not apply to the Arizona-BYU football game scheduled in Allegiant for Sept. 4.

“We’re looking for a definite response to that, but it’s our understanding that vaccinations would not be required that first week, that it goes into effect the next week when the Raiders play,” Heeke said.