No Fans Permitted at Spring Sporting Events
The Midwest Conference announced on March 11th that fans will be permitted at spring sporting events throughout the season with the option for each school to give it’s own restrictions. According to the Midwest Conference press release, the guidelines include 6’ separation, masks on for the duration of each event, and no congregation before or after the event in question.
As there will be no one to regulate and enforce these rules at Buccaneer sporting events this spring, Beloit announced earlier this week that there will be no fans permitted to each event at the discretion of the schools COVID-19 task force. Unfortunately, students are included in that restriction.
Among the MWC teams who have decided to allow fans are Ripon, Cornell, Grinnell, Monmouth, and Lawrence. St. Norbert and Macalester College have permitted fans as well, specifying their restrictions, and limiting the number of fans in attendance at each game. Along with Beloit, Knox, Lake Forest, and the University of Chicago have indefinitely suspended spectators this spring. This addition to the 2021 season guidelines may be subject to change in the near future.
Nick Schmidt ‘21, a senior outfielder is disappointed in the new regulation, but is itching at the chance to get back on the ballfield again. “Obviously after last season was cut short, it will be disappointing to see no fans at our games, but it’s completely understandable given the circumstances. Either way, we are grateful for the opportunity to play a full season this time around,” he says.
Beloit and other colleges throughout the conference have made steady efforts over the pandemic to improve their at home viewing experience. Live stream cameras and systems have been upgraded around the stadiums this year due to the COVID-19 regulations. “It is definitely a necessity for Beloit, and all other schools to have good camera systems for the people who watch at home especially during this pandemic. It will make the experience much more enjoyable for friends and family, and students now to watch us from a distance.” Drew Freitag ‘21, a Senior 1st baseman says.
Spring sports will begin their seasons on Saturday, March 27 as baseball heads south to Knox College for their first double-header of the year, softball will defend home turf against Ripon College, and womens Lacrosse will begin their season taking on Cornell College. Live streams for the games will be available on the Beloit College athletic website.