Syracuse fans edge closer to returning to stands

SU fans close to returning

Gov. Andrew Cuomo gives the go-ahead for a safe return of fans to stadiums and arenas statewide.
Published: February 10, 2021 | Updated: February 15th, 2021 at 9:43 am
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For the first time in close to a year, Syracuse University fans may be able to return to cheering on the Orange sooner rather than later.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday a return of fans to New York stadiums and arenas for sports, music and performances starting Feb. 23.

Included venues are those with a total capacity exceeding 10,000 people and once reopened, there will be a 10% capacity limit on all in-person events.

As mentioned earlier this month, Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack announced a proposed plan to safely bring back 1,500 fans to the Dome for the upcoming lacrosse season and Gov. Cuomo’s recent announcement may advance that plan sooner than previously expected.

In a statement from Syracuse University Athletics on Wednesday, the university plans to take a gradual approach, first allowing only a small group of students in and eventually opening the opportunity up to the surrounding Syracuse community.

Additional guidelines state that all attendees must provide a negative PCR Covid-19 test within 72 hours of the event and masks, social distancing and temperature checks will be required upon entry. To help maintain social distancing, assigned seating will be required.

Although it may look much different than a year ago, Wednesday’s announcement brings SU fans that much closer to cheering on their favorite teams from the stands once again.

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