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

Fans might return later if pandemic restrictions are eased.

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.
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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.