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Rutgers to increase venue capacity for Big Ten games

Fans will be allowed back at SHI Stadium this season in some fashion.

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We are slowly seeing fans back in attendance at sporting events.

The NBA, NCAA Tournament, and beginning on April 1, MLB games will see people in the stands watching live.

On Thursday, Rutgers released a statement saying that fans will be allowed back in attendance during Big Ten games to cheer on their Scarlet Knights.

“Rutgers Athletics, in response to the Big Ten Conference policy announcement on Wednesday, will increase its venue capacities for all remaining 2020-21 Big Ten Conference competitions,” the statement read. “The decision to follow local health guidelines and restrictions was made jointly by the Big Ten Conference Athletic Directors and the Council of Presidents and Chancellors in consultation with university medical experts and the conference office.

All venue capacity changes remain under the guidance of the executive order issued by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, which effective March 1 directed indoor facilities with a fixed-seating capacity of over 5,000 people to operate at 10 percent of their total capacity and 15 percent for outdoor venues.”

It will not be a full house, but Rutgers will finally be able to hear some real crowd noise. After a year of empty stadiums for both football and basketball, this will bring a sense of normality back to sporting events.

Rutgers will not be open for tailgating before or after the games. Fans in attendance will still be required to wear masks and practice social distancing inside the stadium.

Tickets will go on sale on Friday for men’s lacrosse. They must be purchased online and will be delivered via mobile device. This announcement also brings some hope for Rutgers’ football spring game and the 2021 fall season.

The Scarlet Knights are looking to build off a 3-6 campaign in 2020. Finally, fans will be able to see Greg Schiano and Rutgers live in action.

Below, you can find the completion of the statement released on Thursday.

“The Rutgers Athletics venues that meet the executive order’s fixed-seating capacity limit, include Yurcak Field and SHI Stadium. Tickets for men’s lacrosse will go on sale Friday, March 26 at 10 a.m. on Men’s lacrosse tickets must be purchased online and will be delivered via mobile device only. To reduce in-person interactions and eliminate lines, tickets will not be available at the box office. Fans will need to purchase tickets online in advance of the event.

Tailgating in campus lots before or after Rutgers Athletics events is prohibited. Rutgers Athletics encourages its fans and supporters to continue to take all necessary measures and follow the guidance of public health officials, including wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing and increased hand hygiene.

Spectators will be asked to leave any venue for failure to comply with the mask mandate, as this policy will be strictly enforced while on campus and/or seated at any athletics event.

Information for the ticket claim process to women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer games will be announced at a later date. For more information on attending one of the competitions at Yurcak Field or SHI Stadium, visit

The following locations – College Ave Gym, Bainton Field, RU Softball Complex and the Bauer Track and Field Complex – are below the fixed seating requirement and will remain at their current capacity limits. Two parents or guardians for each Rutgers student-athlete will be permitted to attend games at these facilities.”