Fresno State outdoor athletic events return to full capacity


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By Jannah Geraldo

All outdoor Fresno State athletic events will return to full capacity and will have no social distancing requirements, Fresno State Athletics announced Tuesday.

The guideline changes will take effect in time for the football season opener at Bulldog Stadium on Aug. 28, where Fresno State will be hosting UConn at 11 a.m.

The new guidelines come from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for Mega Outdoor Events, which states that capacity limitations and physical distancing are no longer required for outdoor mega events.

Events are considered mega events if there are large crowds greater than 5,000 indoors or 10,000 outdoors, according to the website.

Vaccine verification and negative testing are not required but are recommended. 

Based on guidelines, Fresno State Athletics said on its website that it is “strongly recommended that attendees who are not fully vaccinated should wear a face covering.” The department said that all attendees should consider wearing a face covering to ensure safety in high-risk settings, including those who are fully vaccinated.

These changes will also apply to events at the Bulldog Soccer Field, Student Horse Center, Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center, Aquatics Center, Pete Beiden Field at Bob Bennett Stadium and Margie Wright Diamond.

Mobile tickets will be implemented for ticketed sports, and mobile parking passes will be available for football games to reduce person-to-person contact. 

Fresno State Athletics said that guidelines for indoor events at the Save Mart Center, such as volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball, will be announced in the future.