UAF outlines spectator policy for sporting events in 2021-22

Published: Sep. 6, 2021 at 8:19 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - In the week of the school’s first indoor sporting event of the year, the University of Alaska Fairbanks has announced its spectator policy for the 2021-22 athletic year.

There will be fans in the stands this year and spectators must wear a face covering regardless of vaccination status - in line with the University-wide policy that requires face masks at all locations owned or operated by the school. The mask policy is not in effect for those who are medically exempt or under the age of 2. The procedures in place are subject to change, according to the University.

At outdoor events such as cross country running and Nordic ski, masks will be required only when a 6-foot distance between individuals cannot be continuously met.

“We’re excited to welcome fans back after nearly a full year off from UAF Athletics home events,” said Director of Athletics Brock Anundson in a UAF press release. “Our university administration, coaching staff, and Facilities Services Division have worked tirelessly to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all to enjoy Nanook Athletics for the 2021-2022 season. We welcome everyone back for an exciting year of ‘Nooks athletics!”

At the Patty Center, home of UAF volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball, spectators will be seated in alternating rows for social distancing.

Nanook fans will be back in the Patty Center for the first time since February 22, 2020 when the volleyball program hosts the Nanook Classic, a three-day tournament that begins Thursday.

The Carlson Center, owned by the Fairbanks North Star Borough and home to UAF hockey, was not mentioned in the release.

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