The Nebraska baseball and softball teams open their home slate this weekend at Haymarket Park and Bowlin Stadium, and neither will do so in empty ballparks. The Big Ten announced Wednesday morning that it will allow fans to return to regular-season conference sporting events beginning immediately.
That means it’s not just baseball and softball that will benefit. The decision—which will follow local health guidelines and restrictions—applies to all remaining events in Nebraska’s home athletic venues. That includes soccer, volleyball and Nebraska football’s May 1 spring game, as well as baseball and softball.
“I applaud the decision to allow fans to return to conference venues for the remainder of the 2020-21 athletic season,” Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos said in a statement. “This is another positive step as we move closer to normal operations in the Big Ten and across college athletics. Our staff has worked closely with local health officials to finalize details and provide a safe environment in our facilities. I know Nebraska fans are eager to get back to cheering on their Huskers in person, and we look forward to welcoming them back.”
The Big Ten previously announced that it would allow public ticket sales at conference championship events, including the Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics and Big Ten Men’s Tennis championships. Both will be held in Lincoln in April.
For those interested in tickets, preliminary information is as follows, per Nebraska:
- Season ticket holders for the most recent ticketed season will receive the first opportunity to purchase tickets (i.e., 2019 volleyball, soccer; 2020 baseball and softball) and will receive direct email communication for their respective sports today.
- All ticket sales will be on a single game basis, and all tickets will be mobile.
- Fans will be required to wear face coverings in all Nebraska athletic venues.
“More details on venue capacities, ticket allocation, seating plans and health and safety measures will be finalized and announced in the coming days,” an email to season ticket holds read. “All plans are subject to change based on adjustments to Lincoln/Lancaster County directed health measures.”
Nebraska baseball and softball both open their home schedules on Friday. The baseball team is set to host Minnesota at 2 p.m. CT, while the softball team is set to face Penn State at 5:30 p.m. CT. Both series will run through the weekend and will be broadcast on BTN+.
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