DePaul won’t have fans at home when basketball season begins

Fans might return later if pandemic restrictions are eased.

SHARE DePaul won’t have fans at home when basketball season begins
Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, fans won’t be in the stands when DePaul starts its basketball season.

Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, fans won’t be in the stands when DePaul starts its basketball season.

Paul Beaty/AP

As expected, DePaul announced fans will not be allowed to attend men’s and women’s basketball games at Wintrust Arena when the season begins.

“The health and safety of our DePaul community remains our top priority. In order to allow for a competition to take place given current health restrictions, DePaul men’s and women’s basketball will start the 2020-21 season with no fans in attendance,” according to a statement from the university.

If coronavirus pandemic restrictions are relaxed later in the season, the school will offer only single-game tickets and suspend its season-ticket program for this year. Current season ticket holders will have priority for buying single game tickets if fans are allowed to return, the school said in a press release.

Season ticket holder who have already paid can convert their purchase into a donation, use the money as a credit for the 2021-22 season, or request a refund. The university said it will contact season ticket holders in the next few weeks.

The women’s basketball home opener against Xavier is scheduled for Sunday Dec. 6. The men’s home opener is set for Friday Dec. 18, also against Xavier.

The Latest
The decision comes after escalating pressure from Biden’s Democratic allies to step aside following the June 27 debate, in which the 81-year-old president trailed off, often gave nonsensical answers and failed to call out the former president’s many falsehoods.
The Bears’ running back had 156 receptions for 1,198 yards and seven touchdowns in three seasons with the Lions, but only 39 receptions for 214 yards and one touchdown with the Eagles last year. He figures to get a bigger opportunity in Shane Waldron’s offense in 2024.
It wasn’t just one bad night but what that bad night represented.
While Pritzker has emphatically expressed his support of Biden, he’s also not quashed the narrative that he has White House ambitions.
After years of having far too little at those crucial positions, the Bears now have more than enough.