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Arizona increasing fan capacity to 50 percent for softball and baseball NCAA Tournament games

COLLEGE SOFTBALL: FEB 16 Alabama at Arizona Photo by Jacob Snow/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Arizona softball begins postseason play Friday and Hillenbrand Stadium will look and sound more like its usual self. The UA announced Monday that it is increasing fan capacity from 30 percent to 50 percent for the softball and baseball postseason. That is the maximum permitted by NCAA rule due to COVID-19 safety measures.

The Arizona softball team, the No. 11 overall seed, is set to host the Tucson Regional this weekend, which features Ole Miss, Villanova and UMBC. Arizona baseball, which sits in first place in the Pac-12, still has two more weeks of the regular season but is on pace to host a regional and maybe even a super regional.

Season-ticket holders will have first crack at softball postseason tickets. The rest will be released to the public at 9 a.m. MST on Wednesday, May 19. For more info on that, click here.

The softball team this season is 25-3 at Hillenbrand, which has a max capacity of roughly 3,000. Baseball is 24-6 at Hi Corbett, which can seat approximately 9,500 fans.

“The athletic department’s comprehensive process to welcome fans back at Arizona sporting events has been rolled out in phases throughout the spring with the health and safety of all as our top priorities,” the UA’s statement said. “Having the Wildcat Family cheer on our student-athletes has enhanced the atmosphere of our venues and the experience of our student-athletes this spring, and we look forward to safely welcoming our fans back for postseason competition.”