Louisville recently released their attendance policies for some of the fall sports. Sports included were field hockey, women's soccer, and men's soccer. Nothing has been officially announced regarding volleyball. Field hockey was probably one of the trickier ones to figure out, being the only fall sport allowing free admission. Although outdoors, fans for field hockey are limited to just one side of the field. This is normal, since there are only stands for the fans on the east side of Trager Stadium.
Attendance will be limited to 20% capacity. Tickets will not be available for purchase, and will provided to guests of the student-athletes and coaches, visiting team, and current UofL students. All home games will either be televised or streamed online for fans to watch. Media will not be allowed on the field, except in the case of one "pool" photographer.
All postgame interviews will be conducted online through Microsoft Teams. The head coach and select Cardinal student-athletes will be available as soon as possible following home games. Links for the video conference, or phone numbers to dial into the conference, will be provided to approved media who request access from the sport SID.
The Louisville Field Hockey squad is scheduled to play Duke on Saturday at 1 p.m. and on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Both women's and men's soccer will follow the same guidelines seeing as they use the same facility at Dr Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium. When including all four sides of the stadium, 5,300 fans can file in to see soccer play. This time, fans will be limited to just the southern side of the stadium where the chair-back seats are located.
Like field hockey, soccer will be limited to guests of student-athletes and coaches, opposing teams, and current UofL students. Their estimated capacity will be 20% of the chair-back seats.
All soccer home games with either be televised or steamed online for fans to watch. The Louisville women's soccer squad (1-1) is tentatively scheduled to play their first home match against Syracuse on Thursday, October 1st., at 7 p.m.
Volleyball has another issue to deal with being indoors. Air does not circulate as well indoors, and as we have learned in the past, L&N Federal Credit Union Arena can often be hot and stuffy.
Worldwide was in attendance at the Red and Black scrimmage last week. It was an invite only event that had maybe 200 fans. Word on the street is that tickets will be available to guests of the student-athletes and coaches only, with no student tickets or public tickets available.
Paulie and I will be in attendance for field hockey and women's soccer while I will join Worldwide at volleyball so we can continue to bring live, in-depth coverage of all of the Louisville women's sports.
Possible Schedule Changes?
With the recent curfew implemented in the City of Louisville, we may see some issues with scheduling. Residents have been advised to be at home from 9:00 p.m. - 6:30 a.m. We are not entirely sure how that will affect scheduling. Volleyball originally had a 6:00 p.m. match on Saturday against Notre Dame that would have flirted with the curfew. Friday's match has been moved up to 2:00 p.m., and Saturday's match will now be played at 4:00 p.m.
We are not here to discuss politics and the current issues going on in the city, but we do mention parts that directly affect anything Louisville women's sports. The four of us here at Cardinal Couple have made our stances on current events known on our social media and you can follow any of that there.
These are the most recently updated statuses on the Cardinal sports we cover. As we've come to expect, there is always the possibility of change. We'll keep you updated on those changes, if they occur.
If you do find yourself in attendance at one of these games, or you just happen to be out and about, please be extra cautious and stay safe.
Two semifinal games today in the WNBA, as the Seattle Storm (1-0) will face Minnesota Lynx (0-1) in the 7:30 p.m. opener and the Las Vegas Aces (1-1) take on the Connecticut Sun (1-1) at 9:30. Both contests are scheduled to be on ESPN 2
I cannot wish you a Happy Thursday because it is not too happy as things have been rough around here in recent hours and many UofL student-athletes have expressed their frustrations and disappointment, but I do wish everyone a safe and healthy Thursday.