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What to expect: Indoor sports

IUPUI women's basketball team playing during the 2020-21 season.

IU’s winter sports season is nearly upon us, and many are looking forward to being back watching in person this year. Though we can see our favorite indoor sports in person again, there are still health and safety protocols on all IU campuses, including IUPUI and regional campuses, to be aware of in light of the ongoing pandemic.

Here’s what you can expect when you attend your favorite indoor IU sports venue this winter:

  • Masks are required inside. Bring your spirit wear, ticket, pom poms and a mask when you attend indoor sports this winter. Like all events on IU campuses, masks are required for all spectators at all times. You can pull your mask down to enjoy refreshments, but remember to pull it right back up after you take a bite or a sip.
  • Athletes and coaches actively involved in competition do not need to wear a mask. Though masks are required for all spectators, you may notice some athletes and others associated with the teams not wearing masks. The NCAA says that those actively involved in competition may remove their mask. Coaches are included in this group, as well as cheerleaders at the event. While IU’s regional campuses compete in the NAIA, these campuses have also adopted this NCAA guideline.
  • Stay home if you’re not feeling well. Everyone is excited about in-person athletics again, but if you’re having any COVID-19 or flu symptoms, it’s best to stay home and get tested. You’ll get needed rest and protect those around you from being exposed to any virus you may have.
  • Be kind and considerate to those around you and those working at the event. This is new territory for everyone – watching your favorite team yet following specific health and safety guidelines. Mask up, wash your hands, stay home if you’re sick and help keep a positive atmosphere. If someone reminds you to pull your mask up, a simple “oh yes, absolutely, thanks for the reminder” is all that’s needed so we can all enjoy what we missed last year.

Amanda Roach is a senior communications consultant in the Office of the Vice President for Communications and Marketing.