In an email sent to Fairfield University students on Tuesday morning, April 13, the school announced that they will be hosting fans at sporting events on campus. Starting Saturday, April 17, students who reserve a ticket through the SuperStags Rewards app will secure a spot in the stands at the corresponding home game.
Each game has a limited capacity, which will be virtually monitored through the ticketing system on the app. Once capacity is reached, then the app will send a notification with online links to watch the game. More directions on how to register can be found at Life@Fairfield.
This change comes at the heels of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s March 5 decision to allow only family members of athletes to view games in-person. Fairfield University put out a release later that day to echo the fact that they would follow the MAAC’s policy, which states that they are “To allow two family members per student-athlete for the home team to attend all MAAC competition, subject to state, local, and institutional regulations exercised at the institution’s discretion. The MAAC supports the right of individual member institutions to make this policy more restrictive, based on their campus COVID policies, local and state health guidelines, and the capacity and configuration of their athletic facilities. The new policy is effective March 6.”
Nonetheless, associate director of athletics working in communications and content strategy, Drew Kingsley ‘07, said that this opportunity to welcome fans does not, in fact, go against the conference’s policy.
He offered the following statement: “The current MAAC attendance policy allows each institution to permit student attendance if it is in accordance with their own institutional and local guidelines. Fairfield University and Fairfield Athletics have determined that our students may attend home events in a responsible and socially distanced manner to the extent that each venue capacity allows.”
The announcement was a great surprise, as students can now attend games. Although there will be several restrictions put in place like social distancing and mask wearing to ensure the health and safety of Stags fans, this is a sign that Fairfield University is returning to normalcy.
Students are encouraged to email Kristen Flynn at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the new procedures associated with attending home games.