Vanderbilt University plans to limit attendance for the final two home football games and for the start of its basketball season, vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director Candice Lee announced Monday.
Only parents and families of student-athletes along with a specified number of graduate and professional students will be allowed to go to the last two home football games at Vanderbilt. Fans and other Vanderbilt students will not be allowed into the games.
Vandy's basketball season will also begin without fans until further notice. In a statement, the university shared that their decision to limit fans at athletic events is based on guidance from public health partners including the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and local public health officials.
“While we’ve been able to learn so much and adapt our approach in regards to how to manage our game day environment as safely and efficiently as possible, the pandemic continues to be a major challenge,” Lee said. “Yet our parents and families have made so many sacrifices in support of their student-athletes this season. I’d like to extend my deepest appreciation to them for their patience, understanding and cooperation throughout these difficult months. This is a well-deserved opportunity for them to cheer on our Commodores in-person."
Since Vanderbilt is limiting access to their own fans, up to 500 tickets will be issued to visiting teams for their student-athlete family members as required by the SEC, the university said.
Vanderbilt's final two home football games of the season include matchups with Florida on Nov. 21 and Tennessee on Nov. 28.