LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Attendance for University of Louisville basketball games inside the KFC Yum! Center this season will be capped at approximately 15% of the arena’s capacity.
According to UofL Athletics, approximately 3,000 fans will be admitted to the 22,090 seat arena for each of the Cardinals men’s and women’s home basketball games in the 2020-21 season. Those lucky enough to get in will be socially distanced.
The university reports that KFC Yum! Center officials have been working with Gov. Andy Beshear’s office and others to come up with a plan for reduced capacity operations. All ticketing will be digital and seating for the games is expected to be in the lower arena bowl and premium seating areas.
Safety protocols for concession sales will also be in place. Centerplate, the arena concessionaire, will have plexiglass barriers at all food and beverage sales points and any food products being distributed will be wrapped or inside an enclosed container. All concession sales will be cashless.
Eric Granger, general manager of the KFC Yum! Center, said additional hand sanitizer locations will be available throughout the building, including the food and beverage stations.
UofL says season ticket holders will receive an email with information addressing their specific ticket options.
The last public event held at KFC Yum! Center was on March 10. Granger talked about what fans can expect when they arrive for a game.
“As they approach the arena, they will have their temperatures checked,” Granger said. “Face masks or coverings will be required at all times unless you’re actively eating or drinking in the arena, even in your seats. It will be enforced, we’ll have securing walking around the arena to remind all of our fans and our staff.”
Since March, Granger said the arena staff has worked to sanitize the arena. New air filters were installed and an outside company was brought in to focus on highly-touched areas.
“We’re excited about having UofL back, men and women’s programs,” Granger said. “And now knowing that we will have fans in the arena, even at a limited capacity, we know how loud our fans can get. So we’re very excited about having events again.”
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