The Gates Are Open; NCAA Relaxes Capacity Restrictions
In big news for college baseball and softball fans, the NCAA is expected to make an announcement allowing the capacity of championship events to be determined by local state government. This would result in the Alabama Crimson Tide enjoying 100% capacity at this weekend's Regional Round of the NCAA Tournament and allow the SEC Baseball Tournament to be held without capacity restriction later this month.
Alabama was able to fill Rhoads Stadium to 50% capacity this past weekend for the SEC Tournament but still had to turn fans away due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions. Should Alabama win the Regional Round the softball team will advance and also host a Superregional Round here in Tuscaloosa.
Games in the Regional Round are scheduled to begin on Friday at 2 p.m. CT with Clemson vs Troy, the Crimson Tide will take on Alabama State roughly 30 minutes after the first game concludes.
This decision could greatly benefit the city of Tuscaloosa by bringing more people into town over the next two weekends.
The Crimson Tide baseball team qualified for the SEC Baseball Tournament for the first time since 2016 and will be playing at The Hoover Met in Hoover, beginning May 25 and will conclude Sunday May 30. The tournament will include the best 12 SEC teams. The first round will be single elimination style, followed by double elimination Wednesday-Friday, and ending with single elimination style on Saturday. The championship game will be Sunday, May 30 at 2 p.m. CT.
Tickets can be found at the SEC's official website, All-session tickets can be purchased for $110 or single game tickets can be purchased for $20.
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