Minnesota State University, Mankato President Richard Davenport announced today that a limited number of spectators will be allowed to attend Maverick home intercollegiate athletic events, beginning Friday, Jan. 29.

“The health and safety of our student-athletes, athletic department and University personnel, as well as the public, is our highest priority and responsibility,” said Davenport. “All of our decisions are based on guidance from the state, the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota State system and our athletic affiliation. After a University cabinet meeting and discussions with Intercollegiate Athletics, we are pleased to begin allowing spectators to Maverick home sports events on a limited basis.”

Director of Athletics Kevin Buisman echoed Davenport’s emphasis on safety.

“We are excited about this opportunity to offer this phased implementation of allowing spectators back into our home events,” said Buisman. “Protecting the health and safety of our student-athletes remains at the forefront, and we are committed to doing our part in continuing to minimize the spread of this virus throughout the community. We’re still limited in what we can allow, obviously, but this is a step forward.”

Attendance will be limited to no more than 150 people, per Minnesota Department of Health guidelines, and will apply to family members of both the home and visiting teams. Ticket allocations will be established based upon conference guidelines and communicated with home and visiting teams. Ticket pass lists will be managed by Minnesota State Athletics and will be reviewed per facility and event. All communications and protocols will be sent from the University to attending family members at least 24 hours prior to competition. The policy itself will go into effect for Maverick home events beginning Jan. 29.

Please note that some institutions in the Minnesota State system chose not to adopt this policy. Such decisions were made based on what was appropriate for each campus and the safety of students and families. Minnesota State will continue to monitor the landscape and update fans if further changes are made to the attendance policy in the upcoming weeks. For the most up to date information, check msumavericks.com and follow the Mavericks on Facebook and Twitter.