Western Nebraska Community College’s basketball and volleyball teams will return to action in the spring semester. Based on guidance from local public health officials and the NJCAA, spectators will be permitted to attend athletic events at Cougar Palace.
The Cougar women’s and men’s basketball teams will begin the season with a home contest Wednesday, Jan. 20, while the volleyball team will host the Crossover Volleyball Tournament Jan. 22 ‑ 23. Fans will be allowed for the Jan. 20 basketball games. No fans will be allowed to attend the crossover volleyball tournament due to the number of teams. The volleyball tournament games, however, will feature livestream of both courts for home and visiting fans to watch online.
Spectator guidance for indoor competitions are similar to what the area high schools have in place, with some exceptions. Cougar Palace will be capped at 50 percent capacity, meaning only about 575 fans will be allowed to attend.
Facial coverings are required at all times and should only be removed temporarily to eat or drink. Seating will be set up for groups no larger than four to five people and social distancing is recommended. Concessions will be offered and hand sanitizer stations will be set up around the gym.
All spectators must enter through Door 6 on the west side of the main building. All spectators must enter the bleachers through the top ring of Cougar Palace and exit through the top ring. No spectators will be allowed on the lower ring or on the court. Spectators must exit through Door 6 while games are in progress. However, once all games have ended, spectators may exit through the nearest exit.
Bleachers on the west side of Cougar Palace will be reserved for visiting teams and officials while bleachers on the east side of Cougar Palace are reserved for student athletes. All coaches, athletes, and bench personnel are required to wear facial coverings unless actively participating in the contest.
It is advised that if someone is feeling ill or are exhibiting symptoms of illness related to COVID-19 that they not attend the contest.
WNCC will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and adjust protocols and attendance policies as needed throughout the season.