USF Hoops to Start Season Without Fans for Home Games

USF Athletics announced the school will not allow fans to attend games at the Yuengling Center for the start of the 2020-21 men's and women's basketball seasons.

“After consulting with university leadership and local health officials, we felt it was the right decision to begin the 2020-21 men’s and women’s basketball seasons without fans in attendance in the Yuengling Center,” Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly said. “We understand this decision will not be happily received by the many fans excited to see our basketball teams, but we feel it is in the best interest of our fans and broader university and Bay area communities, as well as in line with our priority for the health and safety of our student-athletes and coaches as they begin to compete for conference championships with an eye toward postseason play. We will continue to closely monitor the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and consult local, state and university health officials as we assess attendance policies throughout the season.”

The Bulls will have this policy in effect through the nonconference portion of the teams' schedules that are set to run through December 15. The Bulls have yet to release the hoops schedules for the upcoming season.

As the season progresses, the school will continually review the policy and consider the possibility of future fan attendance should state, local and university officials deem it appropriate. The school announced that a limited number of players' and coaches' family members will be admitted to certain home games.

Men’s and women’s basketball season ticket members will have three options similar to football season ticket members who were unable to use their tickets. Members may: 1) defer their payment for 2020-21 season tickets toward tickets for the 2021-22 season; 2) donate their 2020-21 ticket purchase to the Bulls Club; or 3) request a full refund of their 2020-21 season ticket payment. All season ticket members will be contacted directly with details. Fans with questions may contact the USF ticket office at 1-800-GoBulls.

If attendance at USF men’s and women’s basketball home games becomes possible, current season ticket members will be given first priority to purchase tickets and select seating locations in a limited capacity configuration in the Yuengling Center. All games in which fan attendance becomes possible will be ticketed on a single-game basis with tickets purchased by calling 1-800-Go-Bulls or visiting

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