UT will expand to full stadium capacity for NCAA softball regional, masks not required

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Sherri-Parker-Lee-Stadium on the University of Tennessee-Knoxville campus. Source: UTSports.com

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The Lady Vols will be able to play before a full house when they begin play Friday in the NCAA Knoxville Regional.

The NCAA medical advisory group announced Wednesday that venue capacity for 2021 Spring NCAA Championships conducted outdoors will be determined by state/local guidelines and may increase to full capacity.  

As a result, the University of Tennessee said attendance at the NCAA Knoxville Regional at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium expand to 100% capacity.  

Masks and physical distancing will also not be required.

“The effectiveness and prevalence of vaccinations in our country have allowed the medical advisory group to provide this guidance that has tremendous impact on student-athletes, coaches and fans attending NCAA championships,” Dr. Brian Hainline, NCAA chief medical officer, said. “It’s still important for anyone attending championships to remember common sense measures like hand washing, hand sanitization and proper etiquette when coughing or sneezing.”

A spokesperson for the University of Tennessee said fans who are not vaccinated are advised to wear a mask and practice social distancing for their own protection, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.

Friday’s regional opening games will be the first games played at Sherri Parker Lee this season for which capacity restrictions will be lifted.

The Lady Vols earned the No. 9 national seed in the NCAA Softball Tournament and will host Liberty, James Madison and Eastern Kentucky. James Madison will face Liberty at noon Friday. Tennessee will face EKU in the second game set to start at approximately 2:30 p.m.

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