Hawaii To Not Have Fans In Stands To Start School Year
So much for things getter better
Warriors football, other sports to be sans fans
Just a few months ago, schools were announcing that fans would be welcomed back into the stands and nearly at full capacity with some restrictions with mask-wearing being required or vaccination status.
Hawaii is seemingly the first college sports team to not allow fans once the fall sports season starts in the coming weeks, the school announced on Friday evening.
It’s not the news we wanted, but we will play in your honor, and look forward to the day we get to compete in front of you again. #GoBows
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— Hawaii Athletics (@HawaiiAthletics) August 20, 2021
“We are disappointed because we were looking forward to playing in front of our fans again,” UH Mānoa Athletics Director David Matlin said in a released statement. “However we understand the decision was made in the best interest of public safety and can only hope the restrictions will be lifted when the time is right.”
The decision applies to all UH Mānoa fall sports, including football at Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex, women’s volleyball at SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center, and women’s soccer at Waipi’o Peninsula Soccer Complex.
This is all due to the Delta variant of COVID-19 that has run rampant in the United States, and even in the isolated island of Hawaii.
Football was already planning on playing in a unique stadium as Aloha Stadium is not useable this year and the alternative was a 9,000 seat stadium at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex.
There is no word on when fans can see their Warriors in person but this is a clear safety issue that the state is taking to reduce spreading COVID-19.
Hawaii’s home opener is against Sept. 4 against Portland State.