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UTEP to allow some fans for its men’s basketball games this weekend vs. Rice

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Players participate in a UTEP basketball practice.

EL PASO, Texas – A limited number of fans will be allowed in the Don Haskins Center for this weekend’s UTEP men’s basketball games against Rice.

UTEP officials said that they are expecting to be able to allow between 7 and 10 percent capacity at the Don Haskins.

The arena seats 11,918 people for basketball.

That means anywhere from about 834 to 1,191 people may be able to attend the game.

As announced previously, the 2020-21 men’s season is sold out through season tickets and no additional single game tickets will be available for purchase.

Parking lots will open two hours prior to tipoff.  Gates will open 90 minutes prior to tipoff to assist with fan entry and social distancing. 

The Miners will host Rice at 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.

Friday’s game will be streamed on C-USA TV and is accessible through www.utepminers.com.

Saturday's game will be streamed on ESPN+. Both games will be broadcast on 600 ESPN El Paso.

Season ticket holders who have questions about their tickets or parking passes should call (915) 747-UTEP or email tickets@utep.edu.

Parking lots will open two hours prior to tipoff.  Gates will open 90 minutes prior to tipoff to assist with fan entry and social distancing. 

All fans should enter the arena through the upper concourse; the tunnel entrance is not open to the general public. 

Fans will be social distanced and will get their temperature taken before entering the venue. 

Anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more will be asked to leave. 

Fans should wear face masks when queuing in line and throughout their time in the Haskins Center, except when eating or drinking.

A clear bag policy is in place and will be enforced.  

Once inside the arena, fans are expected to continue practicing social distancing, whether seated or traversing the arena. 

No aisle seats have been sold to provide additional distancing between fans, especially for the purpose of movement. 

Restrooms will have limited capacities, and queuing will be observed at all restrooms and concession stands. 

Sanitization stations will be available throughout the arena. 

Water fountains will not be available this season, but fans can bring one sealed water bottle into the facility.

Fan attendance for future UTEP men’s and women’s basketball games will be determined on a week-to-week basis.

El Paso / Sports / UTEP

David Burge

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