COVID-19 has already limited the capacity at Kroger Field, and Memorial Coliseum is up next.
According to UK Athletics, the school will not offer tickets to the public for Kentucky Volleyball games this coming season. Instead, they will adopt a “player-guest and coach-guest” approach that will allow the student-athletes and coaching staff to bring in guests as opposed to the general population. Essential personnel required to conduct the matches will also be allowed in.
Kentucky Volleyball Enacting Pass-List Attendance Model https://t.co/ufvh6Zm9hL
— Kentucky Volleyball (@KentuckyVB) October 7, 2020
Kentucky will play a conference-only schedule this fall, as the SEC announced back in August that they would participate in an eight-match slate stretch across the course of six weeks. The first matchup for the ‘Cats is Friday, Oct. 16 against the Tennessee Volunteers and will be broadcasted on the SEC Network. UK will play four teams twice, starting with Tennessee and continuing on against Missouri, Auburn, and ending with Mississippi State. Only the matchups against Tennessee and Auburn will take place at Memorial Coliseum.
And wouldn’t you know it, the Volleyball team opened up the preseason as the No. 3 team in the AVCA Fall Top-15 Coaches Poll. Lucky for you, most of the matches will be aired on the ESPN family of networks, so you can still check in on one of the most dominating SEC Volleyball programs of the last decade.
UK Athletics did not note that they would “continue to evaluate the attendance plan, with consideration to the capacity of Memorial Coliseum, as the season progresses,” so they aren’t entirely ruling out the possibility of allowing outside fans in quite yet. But the next biggest concern will be if this announcement could have an impact on the other team that primarily uses Memorial Coliseum for home games: the Women’s Basketball program (their schedule has not yet been released).
We still don’t even know how many people–if any–will be allowed inside Rupp Arena in a couple of months.