Athletics

Athletic Facilities

All facilities, both indoor and outdoor, will remain closed this summer as all attention is focused on preparations for the fall. This fall we expect the Sparks Center, including the fitness center and pool, along with McCulloch Stadium and all other fields and courts, to be open to students, faculty, and staff. We are currently working on plans to support social distancing in these spaces, as well as implementing new cleaning and sanitation procedures.

Fall Sports

Given the special risks associated with athletics and recreation programs, we are still in the process of assessing our ability to safely support these programs. Coaches and administrators are working with partners in the Northwest Conference and the NCAA to identify safe ways for student-athletes to train and compete this fall. We are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all students-athletes, coaches and staff. Each phase will be continuously evaluated and is subject to change as new health information, guidelines and recommendations are made available. We will provide updates in this space as they become available.

Attending Home Games

We are hopeful that we will be able to have fans at home games at some point during the fall season. The timing will depend on guidelines set in place by the State of Oregon. Current limits are at 50 persons for indoor gatherings and 100 for outdoor events, including student-athletes and staff involved in the games. When spectators are allowed you can expect new procedures to be in place, including social distancing and traffic control.

Every attempt will be made to provide live (and archived) video of our home events. Information for viewing games broadcast on the Bearcat Network can be found here.

More Information

If you are an incoming or returning student-athlete, the best source of information is your head coach. Our coaches are involved in the overall planning for our return to play and are updated regularly on items that impact our teams. General questions may also be sent to the Department of Athletics at athletics@willamette.edu.


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