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Gophers announce sporting events will be at full capacity in 2021-22

Teams had to play in front of empty arenas and stadiums in 2020 due to COVID-19.

The University of Minnesota's Gophers Athletics has announced that its arenas and stadiums will operate at full capacity for the 2021-22 academic year.

After COVID-19 meant that the delayed 2020-21 sports season was delayed and played out in front of zero crowds, Athletics Director Mark Coyle confirmed Tuesday that the plan is to return to full attendance for the upcoming year.

The first ticketed events set to welcome fans back will be soccer, volleyball, and Golden Gophers Football, the latter of which will debut with the mouthwatering home opener against Ohio State on September 2.

"We are excited to safely welcome fans back into our venues," said Coyle. "We will follow all University, local and state guidelines, and we are looking forward to our fans once again providing a tremendous advantage for our Gopher student-athletes when they compete on campus.

"We are so thankful for our fans, donors and sponsors who helped provide necessary resources for our student-athletes last season, but we missed seeing and hearing them at games. We cannot wait to welcome everyone back to campus in a few months, while still providing our fans with a safe and enjoyable experience."

The Gophers Football season also includes home games against iami (Ohio), Bowling Green (Homecoming), Nebraska, Maryland, Illinois and Wisconsin.

As well as a return to the stands, the Gophers says it'll also be bringing back its fan activities and experiences including tailgating, the Ski-U-March arrival, Gopher Garden activities, performances from the University of Minnesota Marching Band, spirit squads and more.

Tickets for Gophers Football games start at $35 and go on general sale July 15, but the Gopher Pass granting tickets to all home games for $199.96 goes on sale July 1.

For the first time, the Gophers are transitioning to mobile tickets for all ticketed events on campus.

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