Razorback baseball and softball postseason games can now reach full capacity.
The University of Arkansas announced that upcoming games at Bogle Park and Baum-Walker Stadium can play to full-capacity crowds due to the NCAA’ latest guidance. The NCAA announced on Wednesday, May 19 that local public health authorities will be allowed to determine capacities at championship events and that the NCAA would not set predetermined limits.
Under the new NCAA guidelines, masks and physical distancing will also not be required, except where required by local authorities. However, UA officials encouraged individuals who are not vaccinated to wear masks.
“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,” NCAA chief medical officer Dr. Brian Hainline said in a statement. “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.”
Both the men’s baseball and the women’s softball teams will be playing at Baum Walker Stadium and Bogle Park, respectively, on Friday. The men’s baseball team will be taking on the no. 9 Florida at 7 p.m. followed by a Saturday game against the Gators at 2 p.m. The softball team will be facing Manhattan at 12 p.m. on Friday in the NCAA Regional.