The vast majority of Florida school soccer groups plan to go to full capability this fall
The majority of Florida college football teams plan to allow full fan capacity in their stadiums this fall.
Several schools across the country have also announced plans to allow 100% capacity for the upcoming season after attendance was limited in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that fully vaccinated people – those two weeks after their last dose of a COVID-19 vaccine – are stopping wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor spaces, as well give up social distancing. Partially vaccinated or unvaccinated people should continue to wear masks, the agency said.
Here’s a look at each Florida school’s plans for the fall (in alphabetical order):
Florida Atlantic University: “At the moment, FAU is working as if we were working to capacity, but be prepared should the landscape change,” wrote FAU spokeswoman Katrina McCormack in an email.
The FAU stadium has a capacity of 30,000 people. In 2020, the school limited the stadium’s capacity to 6,000 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Florida International University: The FIU has not yet made any specific announcement regarding the fall operations at the Riccardo Silva Stadium. However, the school announced in March that it would resume operations on June 21 with no physical distancing restrictions.
The FIU also plans to host several summer soccer camps in the Riccardo Silva Stadium this summer.
Florida State University: According to Derek Satterfield, FSU’s senior associate communications director, FSU plans to allow 100% fan capacity at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Last week, FSU also sent an email to season ticket holders to let them know of the fall plans.
In early May, the FSU announced that face masks would no longer be mandatory. The school announced that it would plan to “go back to work before COVID and back to work before COVID” by the 2021/22 school year.
In 2020, the FSU limited the normal capacity of the Doak Campbell Stadium from 79,560 people to 20-25%.
University of Central Florida: “There is currently a general expectation that we will get back to normal for athletics when the events start in the fall,” UCF Athletics spokesman John Heisler wrote in an email.
Heisler said UCF will follow instructions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Orange County government and the Board of Governors for all state schools.
Last week, UCF announced they would no longer need face masks.
Earlier this month, UCF announced that it would start operations on June 23, just like before the pandemic.
UCF limited participation in the April 10th Spring Game to 25% at the Bounce House, which typically holds 45,301 people.
University of Florida: UF plans to allow 100% fan capacity at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
On Monday, the University of Florida announced that it would begin the 2021-2022 school year on June 28. This also marks when the school will be operating again before the pandemic. This includes fan participation at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center, where UF plays its men’s, women’s, women’s gym, women’s volleyball, and swimming and diving games.
“Please note that while encouraged by the progress made, we will continue to promote COVID-19 vaccinations, closely monitor the pandemic and take appropriate measures to continue protecting our university community should this become necessary. UF wrote in a press release.
UF provides masks as an option instead of requiring them for students, faculty, staff and guests on campus.
Last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UF limited the capacity for football matches at home to around 17,000 people. Typically, The Swamp holds 88,548 people.
University of Miami: UM’s senior associate athletic director of communications, Carter Toole, said Hard Rock Stadium officials have yet to announce fall plans.
The Hard Rock Stadium can accommodate around 65,300 people. During the 2020 season, the Hurricanes allowed 13,000 fans per game in the stadium.
“More detailed plans for our university’s summer and fall semesters will be announced in the coming weeks,” wrote Roy Weiss, professor of medicine.
University of South Florida: “We are planning to return to our full capacity,” wrote Brian Siegrist, USF assistant sports director, in an email.
Raymond James Stadium has a capacity of 65,890 people.
In 2020, USF did not allow fans to compete against The Citadel on September 12th. USF began admitting fans on October 10 when the school restricted capacity to about 11,000 for the game against East Carolina.