College sports fans allowed back in the stands, with restrictions

Around New York State

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Starting Friday, you can cheer-on your favorite college sports teams from the stands.

Large venues that hold more than 1,500 people indoors are capped at 10% capacity. That number is 20% for outdoor venues with a capacity of 2,500 people.

In order to get in the stands, you need proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test result or completed vaccinations.

Matt Reitnour Associate Athletic Director Communications Canisius Athletics told us, “We had no fans for hockey, we had no fans for men’s and women’s basketball. Those are ticketed events for us.”

Until this point fan participation at Canisius has been limited. In March, the college allowed two family members per player for sports like volleyball, soccer and lacrosse. The games were not open to the general public.

Smaller college sports venues can also have some fans.

For small college sports venues, two spectators per player are allowed, with a limit of 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors.

That can increase to 150 fans inside and 500 outside — if fans are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test or completed vaccination.

Angelica Morrison is an award-winning reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.

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