Aces announce 500 fan max capacity at Ford Center

Aces announce 500 fan max capacity at Ford Center

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Mayor Winnecke and officials from the University of Evansville held a new conference Tuesday at the Ford Center.

They announced there will a maximum capacity of 500 inside the Ford Center for home games for the start of the Purple Aces men’s basketball season.

“No one will be on an aisle. There will be at least a row between every person. And then when you are in a seating group, there will be three seats between you at a minimum also," said Athletic Director Mark Spencer.

It will be evaluated as conditions might change with the pandemic.

Watch the full news conference here:

Full News Conference: UE announces 500 max capacity for start of basketball season

UE basketball inside the Ford Center is electric. Often times, a rallying point in our community during the winter months.

“But while we all want to come out and cheer on the Aces and yell at the referees, our most important task right now is protecting public health,” stated Mayor Winnecke.

Dr. Ken Spear from the Vanderburgh County Health Department, UE President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, UE Director of Athletics Mark Spencer, Coach Todd Lickliter, and other health officials were part of the announcement.

Officials say this decision was largely based on the rise in COVID-19 cases in Southwest Indiana, the local positivity rate of COVID-19 cases, the increasing census rate at Vanderburgh County hospitals and the overall health and well-being of the Evansville community.

Ford Center attendees will be comprised of a limited number of UE students, home and visiting team families and guests as determined by the NCAA and the Missouri Valley Conference, designated game day personnel, current Aces Assist Members, and other contractually obligated partners. No tickets will be available for sale at this time.

Season ticket holders will receive a letter in the mail over the next few days detailing options available for their paid 2020-21 season ticket amount.

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