Kansas Athletics To Not Allow Fans At November Athletic Events


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As Chancellor Girod just announced, the Pandemic Medical Advisory Team has recommended that we not host fans at our home athletics competitions for the remainder of November due to the current COVID-19 climate. This includes the following competitions:

11/19-20 Volleyball vs. Texas Tech
11/21 Football vs. Texas
11/25 Women’s Basketball vs. Northern Colorado
11/28 Football vs. TCU
11/29 Women’s Basketball vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Although we have been able to host large crowds safely so far this season at multiple sporting venues – thanks in large part to the commitment of our fans to wearing masks and remaining socially distanced – we must do what is best for our community as the infection rate spikes once again. The hope is that this will allow our community to flatten the curve and drastically reduce the positive rates we are currently experiencing.

With basketball season beginning next week, we ask everyone to follow the recommendations of your local health authorities and the CDC so we can host a small crowd inside Allen Fieldhouse as we are planning on doing in December. Again, PMAT will make that recommendation for the month of December and we will provide an update as soon as a decision has been made.

As we’ve learned from the onset of this pandemic, everything remains a fluid situation that can quickly change week-to-week. We are grateful to our fans for your continued support throughout these challenging times. You provide the heartbeat at each of our venues and it is greatly missed when you are not present cheering on our student-athletes in competition.

We know you may have questions related to this announcement, and if you are unable to get an answer from our Ticket Assurance Plan, please reach out to your Williams Education Fund representative.

Stay healthy and Rock Chalk!

Jeff Long
Director of Athletics
University of Kansas

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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