It has been 2 years.
Just over 700 calendar days.
But, Purdue Baseball and Softball will be hosting games - with fans.
Both Alexander Field and Bittinger Stadium got the go ahead from the Tippecanoe County Health Department to allow 50% Capacity this season for spectators.
As more vaccines are given, the positivity rate in the state and county continue to plummet. This news today is welcomed, as just over a year ago the sports world shut down, with cancelling of seasons and not allowing spectators.
After the NCAA Tournament, NFL and even some locations in the NBA have successfully allowed spectators, I see no reason why a sport played outside cannot host.
Alexander Field has a capacity of 1,500, so, roughly 750 people will be able to buy tickets to go to their series this weekend, the first home series for the Boilermakers in 2021. Purdue Baseball is the first sport in the calendar academic year to be allowed to have spectators. Ross-Ade Stadium and Mackey Arena sat empty for their respective seasons.
Bittinger Stadium, while not much smaller, will be able to host 500 fans for the remainder of the season.
As the season progresses, I do not see why the % of spectators allowed to enter does not go up - as more and more people get vaccinated and the spread of the novel Coronavirus slows.
I for one am ecstatic to see this information and I cannot wait to be in attendance as soon as possible, cheering on Purdue Athletes once again.