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Allen Fieldhouse Mandates Masks; Outlines Implications For Non-Compliance

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Courtesy of Kansas Athletics

Chancellor Girod shared a message this morning regarding the recent Douglas County mask mandate and its impact on Allen Fieldhouse. For the past two weeks, Allen Fieldhouse has been operating under a mask recommendation, but will now return to operating under a mask requirement, per the county order. Click here to read his full message.

As the Chancellor referenced, if fans do not comply with the mandate, additional measures will have to be taken, which include closing concessions and decreasing fan attendance at men’s basketball games. Please do your part by properly wearing a mask at basketball games to ensure Allen Fieldhouse remains the best home court advantage in all of college basketball.

FAN Q&A

What should fans expect when attending a game?

  • Upon parking and walking to the arena, fans will be reminded with signage that masks must be worn inside Allen Fieldhouse.
  • Fans will be required to have a mask on and properly worn when entering the Fieldhouse.
  • After passing through security, fans will notice additional event staff who have been placed around the concourses to monitor masks being worn at all times.

What will happen if I don’t want to wear a mask?

  • Enforcement will include fan removal from Allen Fieldhouse.
  • Including: Three strike policy
    • Strike 1:  Usher warning
    • Strike 2:  Event Staff Supervisor warning
    • Strike 3:  Removal Team (public safety and event supervisor) – these are employees are trained in the art of “ejection”
  • It is important to remember the reason behind this mask mandate. KU and Allen Fieldhouse are looking to play an important role in protecting the community by doing our part to slow the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 variant. If our fans comply, as we expect them all to, our hope is to significantly slow the spread of this virus.

How will fans be removed?

  • Fans will be given a verbal warning to wear their mask by a member of the event staff. If they do not comply, a supervisor will be called to provide another warning. If the fan does not comply after that, a member of the enforcement removal team will be called to escort the patron from the building.
  • Additionally, if fans do not wear masks as mandated, there is significant risk that attendance would be decreased at upcoming games.

Is this similar to that previous mask mandate from the fall semester that, quite frankly, didn’t appear to be strictly enforced?

  • Fans were not removed under the KU mask mandate implemented in August.
  • However, that will no longer be the case with this Douglas County mandate. If fans do not comply with this mandate, they will be removed from Allen Fieldhouse.

How is this different from the original mask mandate that was changed to recommended only a couple of weeks ago?

  • On January 7th, Douglas County implemented an emergency mask mandate for all indoor public spaces to protect the community against the latest COVID-19 surge.
  • The county mandate applies to Allen Fieldhouse, so masks will once again be required at all events inside the Fieldhouse.

If I purchase concessions and hold food and drink at my seat, do I have to wear a mask?

  • Yes, when not ACTIVELY eating or drinking.
  • If individuals do not wear a mask or try to pretend they are actively eating or drinking, there is a strong possibility that concessions could be shut down.
  • There are a number of arenas around the country that have closed concessions at basketball games for this exact reason.
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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
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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