With Governor Roy Cooper’s announcement that the state of North Carolina would loosen restrictions for entertainment venues, Bubba Cunningham released a statement that the Tar Heels will be welcoming fans back to Chapel Hill starting this weekend. As laid out by Cooper, under NC Executive Order 195, outside stadiums will be allowed 30 percent capacity and indoor arenas with at least 5,000 seats will be allowed 15 percent capacity beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 26.
In Cunningham's release on Thursday, it was revealed that the Tar Heels will be allowing 3,250 fans in the Smith Center for the final two home games of the regular season against Florida State and Duke. 75% of those in attendance will be students, while the rest of the available seats will be spread amongst family of athletes and coaches, UNC Hospital healthcare workers and select Rams Club members. Unfortunately, no tickets will be available to the general public for either of those games to closer out the 2020-21 regular season.
As for the baseball team, they will have fans back in Boshamer Stadium as soon as Saturday against Virginia. Tickets will go on sale for the general public beginning on Friday, February 26th and the home of Carolina baseball is set to be able to host up to 1,230 attendees for games this season.
The announcement also stated that a select group of tickets will be on sale for both men and women’s lacrosse this weekend, while men and women’s soccer tickets will go on sale next week. For sports like field hockey, softball, volleyball, gymnastics and men’s and women’s tennis, a limited number of tickets will be able to be at the event for students and the general public.
This is a big step towards the eventual return of full capacity crowds at these events at some point in what everyone is hoping will be the near future.