Pollard confirms no season tickets for basketball games

Competition schedules aren't finalized yet, but Cyclone athletics director Jamie Pollard told fans this week that his department won't sell season tickets for men's or women's basketball and likely not for wrestling and gymnastics. Pollard said his staff is reviewing options that could allow up to a 10% capacity (about 1,425 fans) for basketball games at Hilton Coliseum this winter. The priority would be on admitting fans who maintained their Cyclone Club donations during the COVID-19 pandemic, he wrote in an Oct. 5 open letter.

Fall sports

The volleyball and soccer squads have competed at home this fall in front of families and friends of each team's student-athletes and coaches. Given the limited bleacher seating at the soccer complex, Pollard said that plan will hold for the team's final two home matches this season (Oct. 16 and 30).

Beginning with the Baylor volleyball matches on Oct. 23-24, Pollard said fans will be allowed to attend if they follow COVID-19 mitigation requirements. Admission is free and all seating is general admission. The entire first and second levels of Hilton will be open so fans can practice physical distancing and choose their seats. The lowest seating area, known as arena circle, will stay recessed to restrict access to the competition floor and create more space for teams to physical distance. All fans must wear face coverings from the time they leave their vehicles. If they are open, concessions stands will have a small menu. Fans may bring food and nonalcoholic beverages into Hilton in a clear bag.

Pollard said the volleyball fan plan also could be an option this winter at home gymnastics and wrestling matches. He expects to share more information about the winter sports seasons next month.

Nice job, football fans

Lastly, Pollard thanked fans for creating an energized home-field advantage for the Cyclones' football win over Oklahoma Oct. 3 and for following the mitigation game plan. The same rules are in place for Saturday's home game with Texas Tech (2:30 p.m.), and Pollard noted the forecasted 70-degree temperatures may tempt fans to remove their face coverings.

"All fans must continue to commit to no tailgating, social distancing and, most importantly, properly wearing face coverings even though it may be warm," he wrote.

"As fans we must have the necessary discipline, focus and commitment to continue making personal sacrifices and put the good of the team first. That is the same message Coach Campbell told the team in the locker room."