Two days after increasing Hillenbrand Stadium’s fan capacity from 30 percent to 50 percent for the NCAA softball tournament, the University of Arizona is taking it one big step further.
The school announced Wednesday that it is increasing to 100 percent capacity for the Tucson Regional, which begins Friday and runs through Sunday. It’s the first time since the onset of the pandemic that a UA event will not be limited in capacity.
The Arizona softball team, the No. 11 overall seed, is set to welcome Ole Miss, Villanova and UMBC with the winner advancing to Super Regionals next weekend. If everything goes as expected, Arizona will be traveling to Arkansas to face the sixth-seeded Razorbacks.
Hillenbrand Stadium, which seats roughly 3,000 fans, will be operating under NCAA rules and regulations when it comes to fan protocols and the UA says more info will be shared about that later. We will update this story when it becomes available.
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No word on Arizona baseball, which is on pace to host at least one round of the NCAA Tournament. Their next home game isn’t until May 27 and the NCAA Tournament doesn’t begin until Friday, June 4.