Wichita State: No fans admitted for basketball games through rest of year

Charles Koch Arena on the campus of Wichita State University
Charles Koch Arena on the campus of Wichita State University(KWCH)
Published: Nov. 19, 2020 at 3:24 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Wichita State on Thursday (Nov. 19) formally announced attendance restrictions that include not allowing the general public to attend Shocker men’s or women’s basketball games inside Charles Koch Arena, at least through Dec. 31, 2020. In a news release from Wichita Athletics, the department sites “restrictions set by the Sedgwick County Health Team and the current positivity rates in the Wichita area” for the decision.

The University of Kansas and Kansas State University also have restrictions in place at least through November. KU isn’t allowing the general public to attend any sporting events on its campus for the rest of this month. K-State isn’t allowing fans to attend men’s or women’s basketball games at Bramlage Coliseum for the rest of November.

With Wichita State’s situation, the athletic department said the hope is that by asking fans to stay away now, “this will allow our community to flatten the curve and drastically reduce the positive rates we are currently experiencing. As of Thursday, the positive test rate for COVID-19 continues to hover around 25 percent.

“With basketball season beginning next week, we ask everyone to follow the recommendations of your local health authorities and the CDC so we can begin to host fans inside Charles Koch Arena after the order expires December 31, 2020,” Wichita State Athletics said in its release. “Any facility capacity changes that the county decides to make for the month of January and beyond will be communicated as soon as that decision has been determined. As we’ve learned from the onset of this pandemic, everything remains a fluid situation that can change rapidly and in different directions. "

The Wichita State athletic department said at the end of the season, it will evaluate the number of home games played with fans in attendance and present season ticket holders with financial options regarding tickets and SASO contributions.

“Our student-athletes will certainly miss the energy in the building from Shocker fans but the safety of all involved must come first,” Wichita State Athletics said.

Similar to professional sporting events, one way fans can support Wichita State’s teams is to purchase a fan cutout that will take its place inside Koch Arena. For more information on cutouts, click here. If you have questions related to this announcement please reach out to the Shocker Ticket Office or SASO Office at 316-978-FANS (3267).

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