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The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.
The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

Vanderbilt amends football attendance policies; basketball to start without spectators

After missing the first three home games, parents and families of student-athletes will be allowed to attend Vanderbilt football’s two final home contests. Meanwhile, basketball will start the season without spectators.
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Emily Gonçalves
Vanderbilt fans contrasting with Georgia fans in their 2019 matchup. (Hustler Multimedia/Emily Gonçalves)

Vanderbilt athletics will allow parents and families of student-athletes as well as a limited number of graduate and professional students to attend the final two home football games against Florida on Nov. 21 and against Tennessee on Nov. 28, the university announced in a press release.

The first three home football games were closed off to a “limited” number of Vanderbilt undergraduate students; for the last two, Vanderbilt undergraduate students will not be permitted, the press release specifies.

“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,” athletics director Candice Storey 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.”

In amending the football attendance policies to allow families of student-athletes, Vanderbilt is allowing more fans than it did for the first three home games. Therefore, the release notes, up to 500 tickets will be allotted to visiting teams for their student-athlete family members as required by the SEC.

Vanderbilt basketball, on the other hand, will start its season without spectators in attendance, per the press release.

“Similar to our approach with fall sports, we owe it to ourselves, our student-athletes’ families and our fans to gather as much information as possible and understand all aspects of what a basketball game day looks like during this pandemic before determining our fan attendance policies,” Lee said. “We must also take into consideration the additional risks of competing indoors.”

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Simon Gibbs, Former Sports Editor
Simon Gibbs (‘21) is the former Sports Editor for The Vanderbilt Hustler. He has been on staff since the first semester of his freshman year, previously serving as a Staff Writer, Senior Writer and Deputy Sports Editor. Simon is also the host of VU Sports Wired on Vanderbilt Video Productions and The Hustler Sports 30 on VandyRadio. Simon has attended several events as credentialed media, including the 2019 NFL Draft, 2019 College Baseball World Series and the 2019 SEC Tournament. Outside of his Commodore coverage, Simon has had bylines published on NHL.com and NashvillePredators.com. When he's not writing, you can find Simon watching his hometown New York Mets, waiting for that next ring. For tips, comments or concerns, please reach out to: [email protected]    
Emily Gonçalves, Former Multimedia Director
Emily Gonçalves (‘20) was the Multimedia Director of the Vanderbilt Hustler. She majored in Mathematics and Economics and minored in Latin American Studies. When she’s not taking photos, you can catch this Jersey girl making puns, singing, advocating for girls’ education and drinking lots of chocolate milk and espresso!
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