UF removes capacity restrictions

Normalcy is about to return to sports on the UF campus. UF announced on Wednesday that it will operate its venues at 100 percent capacity for any NCAA Championships events that it hosts moving forward.

This announcement came minutes after the NCAA declared that it will no longer cap attendance at its postseason events and allow local health officials to establish their own policies.

This means that you can expect to see a full Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium for this weekend’s softball regional and next weekend’s super regional, or at least close to it.

The baseball team is also expected to host a regional at a minimum, and they have a chance to earn the right to host a super regional as well with a strong close to the season.

Should they indeed host postseason games, it will be the first time Florida Ballpark welcomes a full crowd after attendance was capped between 25 and 50 percent during the regular season.

UF previously announced on Monday that masks are now optional in all of its facilities and that all facilities will operate at 100 percent capacity starting June 28.

No masks and sell-out crowds in Gainesville for postseason competition on the diamond in May and June — it just feels right.

Ethan was born in Gainesville and has lived in the Starke, Florida, area his entire life. He played basketball for five years and knew he wanted to be a sportswriter when he was in middle school. He’s attended countless Gators athletic events since his early childhood, with baseball being his favorite sport to attend. He’s a proud 2019 graduate of the University of Florida and a 2017 graduate of Santa Fe College. He interned with the University Athletic Association’s communications department for 1 ½ years as a student and has spent the last two football seasons writing for InsideTheGators.com. He is a long-suffering fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tampa Bay Rays. You can follow him on Twitter @ehughes97.