Vanderbilt baseball amends attendance policies, permitting only families of student-athletes

Due to COVID-19, Vanderbilt baseball will start its season with only families of student-athletes in attendance.


Vanderbilt baseball competes in its 2020 Black and Gold Series. (Hustler Multimedia/Hunter Long)

Simon Gibbs, Sports Editor

Vanderbilt baseball has amended its attendance policies due to COVID-19, as the program announced Tuesday morning that it will limit admission to start the season.

General fans will not be allowed to attend baseball games at the outset of the 2021 season. However, the university will allow a “limited number of parents and family members of student-athletes” to attend, the release says. Due to Southeastern Conference (SEC) regulations, this requires Vanderbilt to also permit a “limited number of student-athlete guests for visiting teams.”

The press release did not clarify when the university might change its attendance policy and open Hawkins Field to Vanderbilt students and/or Vanderbilt baseball season ticket holders. It stated that the athletic department will “continue to evaluate the opportunity to welcome season ticket holders and fans as soon as possible” based on the status of COVID-19.

The university says its decision was “based on the advice and guidance of Vanderbilt’s public health partners, including the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and local public health officials.”

Vanderbilt originally announced on Sept. 11 that it will not allow fans to attend home football games, but on Sept. 28—before its first home football game—the university amended its decision to allow a “limited” number of students to attend. Later on in the season, parents and families of Vanderbilt football players were permitted to attend. Both Vanderbilt men’s and women’s basketball started their respective season only permitting families of student-athletes to attend.

Vanderbilt baseball starts its season with a three-game series against Wright State from Feb. 19-21.