INDIANAPOLIS — Butler University will be having basketball this winter, but it will be with fewer fans in the stands.
The school announced over the weekend that it will be limiting attendance inside Hinke Fieldhouse. Only 25-percent of Hinkle’s capacity will be allowed inside to watch the Bulldogs play men’s and women’s basketball.
“Our reduced capacity accommodates physical distancing, and our plan implements a number of procedures recommended by the Marion County Department of Health, Butler University, the BIG EAST Conference, the NCAA, and partner organizations,” said Butler University athletic director Barry Colliar.
Colliar says season tickets will not be offered this year to fans as part of the safety protocols. Instead, tickets will be sold in blocks consisting of two-to-four games each. Those who had already made deposits for season tickets will be given priority on which blocks they would like.
Face masks will be required at all-times inside Hinkle Fieldhouse on game day. Hand sanitizer will be made readily available all throughout the arena and physical distancing will be strictly enforced.
“While fans attending must accept some inherent risk, Butler is confident that we have developed a comprehensive plan that will be effective in mitigating the risk of spreading COVID-19,” Colliar added.