Plans continue to be unveiled for U of I athletics

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CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — Officials are continuing to announce steps being taken when it comes to University of Illinois athletics.

A briefing is expected to happen Thursday morning in regards to the ongoing plan for student-athletes returning to campus as well as return to play plans for the 2020-2021 season.

Officials said the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics (DIA) has spent months creating a plan that follows guidance from the University, Big Ten Conference and other state officials. The first step in their plan was the Big Ten Conference announcing a plan for conference-only schedules and guaranteed scholarships and aid to student-athletes.

Next, the DIA will start unveiling their plans for football gameday. Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan allows for live spectator events with CDC-recommended guidance. In accordance with that, the plan for gameday at the university will follow some of the following guidelines:

  • Memorial Stadium will be seated to 20 percent capacity with social distancing.
  • Face coverings will be required in public areas; six-foot social distancing will be followed in the Great Halls and concourses.
  • There will be no tailgating this season.
  • There will be an increase in cleaning during the game. Areas such as restrooms could be closed during brief periods for cleaning.
  • Concessions will be “grab ‘n go.”
  • All tickets will be delivered via mobile devices.

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