Presbyterian College and Athletic Director Rob Acunto announced Friday the spring 2021 policies for spectator attendance at home athletic events. To maximize the health and well-being of PC student-athletes, coaches, officials, and event staff, these guidelines go into effect immediately and continue until further notice.
For indoor sports, only participants and gameday personnel will be permitted to attend PC athletic events in the Templeton Center. This protocol applies to men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s wrestling, acrobatics & tumbling, and volleyball.
For outdoor sports, only current students who present a valid PC Student ID will be permitted to attend outdoor athletic events and must also be masked and practice physical distancing at all times. This protocol applies to baseball, football, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, lacrosse and softball.
In addition, concessions will not be available at either indoor or outdoor athletic events.
“These difficult decisions were made given the current conditions relative to the ongoing pandemic, evaluation of several scenarios including the college’s campus wide visitor policy, and with cases continuing to rise,” said Acunto. “Protecting the health and welfare of student-athletes, coaches, and staff continues to be our main priority. We are committed to doing our part to help minimize the spread of the COVID virus in Clinton and Laurens County. We look forward to the day when all fans and spectators can return, but until then these attendance policies are the safest, wisest and most socially responsible for our spring 2021 athletic seasons.”
PC announces baseball schedule for ’21
The Presbyterian College baseball team this past week announced its 2021 schedule, which features 40 Big South games. The Blue Hose are set to play 22 games at the PC Baseball Complex, with the home opener set for March 5.
“To say we are excited to be moving forward with the 2021 schedule is an understatement,” commented Head Coach Elton Pollock. “A 40-game league schedule, along with 10 quality non-conference games will provide a variety of quality competition. We will do our best to remain healthy to endure all the challenges ahead.”
The 2021 baseball schedule will be one, unlike any other. In December, the Big South announced a modified schedule in light of the growing number of non-conference cancellations and COVID impacts. The Big South adopted a “40-flex-10” model, which includes 40 league games and allows conference teams to schedule up to 10 non-conference ballgames.
The Blue Hose are set to open their season at Auburn Feb. 19-21 and then head to Eastern Kentucky for another nonconference series Feb. 27-28. PC’s home-opening series also kicks off the Big South schedule March 5-6 against UNC Asheville.
The top four teams in the final 2021 conference standings will advance to the Big South Baseball Championship, held May 27-29 at SEGRA Stadium in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The champion receives the Big South’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.