For University of Indianapolis outside sporting events, each student-athlete will now be able to have two tickets for family members to come to the games, according to a March 3 announcement from UIndy Athletics According to Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Young, this was spurred on by both UIndy moving into phase two and the recent change by Marion County into a yellow county for COVID-19. According to coronavirus.in.gov, this means the infection rate within the county is moving in the right direction.
Young said that the student-athletes will use the computer system Jump Forward to submit their requests for tickets like they have done in the past, but instead of the usual four they will only be allowed two tickets. According to Young, the reasoning behind it only being outdoor sports is due to GLVC regulations already put in place alongside the reduced transmission risk of outdoors compared to indoor events.
“Well the GLVC has a policy in place for both volleyball and basketball through the month of march to not allow any spectators,” Young said. “So that’s a GLVC decision that has basically taken us through the month of March. So we have one volleyball match in April that we may look at doing a potential senior day for that group for just the senior parents.”
According to Young, he is focused on UIndy and that he has told coaches and athletes to not worry about what other locations or schools are doing. He said that his decisions are all in the best interest of UIndy and that he does not want to risk a step backwards.
“Because we’re in our own environment. And we’ve done a tremendous job of keeping our campus healthy and safe and providing opportunities for our student-athletes to practice and compete and you don’t want to go backwards [sic] from that,” Young said.
The first outdoor sporting event that allowed fans was the men’s soccer game on March 5, where the Hounds faced off against Wabash College, according to UIndy Athletics.