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Arizona planning for full capacity at home football games this fall

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Arizona football head coach Jedd Fisch has said he wants to see a full crowd at homes games this fall.

Time will tell whether or not that’s realistic, but at least it’s now a possibility.

Arizona Athletics, Pima County Health and the University of Arizona are planning for 100 percent capacity at Arizona Stadium for home football games. Tailgating will be allowed to resume, as well.

“Our athletics department has been deliberate in its phased approach to fan attendance throughout the spring, and this announcement of full capacity for 2021 football season is the exciting completion of our diligent process,” said Athletic Director Dave Heeke in a statement. “Watching and cheering for Arizona Football in person is the foundation of our fan and student-athlete experiences. Southern Arizona rallies around home football games in the Fall, and it represents the synergy between our program, the University of Arizona and the community. Game days create an electric atmosphere in and around Arizona Stadium, and it’s exciting to plan for that dynamic energy return to Southern Arizona this Fall.”

Arizona and the rest of the Pac-12 did not allow fans to attend football games in the fall of 2020 due to Covid-19 protocols.

The Arizona athletic department began welcoming back fans this spring for home baseball and softball games. Fan capacity for those sports reached 100 percent in time for the postseason, including for this weekend's NCAA Baseball regional at Hi Corbett Field.

Arizona football’s first home game of the fall will take place against San Diego State on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. PT.