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Beach volleyball championship attendance policy set

All 8 teams will be allocated tickets so family and friends can attend

The NCAA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group recommended last week that all 2021 NCAA outdoor championships allow spectators at up to 50% of venue capacity, if permitted by state and local guidelines.

While the capacity limits have been increased, COVID-19 protocols that call for a controlled environment for competing teams remain in place at the 2021 National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

The layout of courts, seating arrangements, team paths, and general public spaces previously planned and constructed will remain the same for the championship, which begins May 7. 

The guidelines will allow around 700 spectators per day for the three-day championship so the family and friends of student-athletes and coaches can attend.

Each of the eight participating schools will receive an allotment of tickets, and there will be no general ticket sales for the championship.

The NCAA will continue to monitor developments around COVID-19 and revise protocols if necessary as new information and guidance are provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the NCAA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group.

“This championship is unique because of the construction that takes place at the venue,” said Kelcey Roegiers, NCAA Women’s Beach Volleyball Committee chair and senior associate athletics director at Georgia State. “The competition and practice courts, fan seating, camera and broadcast stands for our television partners are some of the elements that have to be built on an annual basis. We also have to create a controlled environment for the student-athletes and coaches, who will undergo COVID-19 testing, of the eight teams so they can focus on competing for a national championship.”

Every member of the travel party will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival at the finals site and will quarantine until confirmed negative. The travel party will then be tested every other day while participating in the championship.

ESPN’s family of networks will broadcast all three days of the championship. The title match is set for 1:30 p.m. Eastern time May 9.