University of Nebraska-Lincoln home sports contests are closed to the general public effectively immediately, the university announced Thursday. The announcement mirrors the Big Ten’s decision to restrict attendance as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus. Nebraska home games and competitions will take place as scheduled, but will be limited to student-athletes, coaches, essential staff and personnel, credentialed members of the media and immediate family members of the participating teams.
No decision has been made on the status of the spring football game April 18 or the volleyball team’s April 25 spring match in Grand Island. Ticket holders can expect refunds for affected games. Outside competitions or events scheduled to take place in Nebraska’s athletic facilities have been canceled until further notice.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the virus. Around the country, many colleges and universities in recent days have been shifting to virtual classes and telling students to extend their spring breaks, encouraging them to stay away from campus.